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Parliament joins government in praising matric class of 2016

Jan 6, 2017
Parliament joins government in praising matric class of 2016

Parliament has congratulated the grade 12 learners, who passed their 2016 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. The class of 2016 raised the bar and put the national pass rate at 76.2%, which is up from 74% recorded in 2015.

This year’s results include more than 162 000 matriculants who are eligible for admission to university for bachelor's degrees.

The Select Committee on Education and Recreation and the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education congratulated the learners saying their performance shows progressive improvement in the basic education system.

The pass rate was also evidence of the cooperation between the department, parents, teachers and learners, which is central to improving the quality of children’s education, the committee said.

“The Committee remains steadfast in its belief in active participation by parents in ensuring that their children get the quality of education enshrined in the Constitution,” Chairperson of the Select Committee on Education and Recreation Lungelwa Zwane said on Thursday.

Both Committees congratulated the Free State Provincial Education Department for its 93.2% pass rate, up from 81.6% last year.

Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education Nomalungelo Gina hoped that Free State’s strategies, and those of other high performing provinces, can be replicated by struggling provinces.

Despite concern that the high enrolment in 2016 for the NSC would result in a reduced pass rate, the Committees welcomed the year-on-year improvements in the NSC pass rate.

A total of 828 020 candidates registered for the 2016 NSC examination, of which 674 652 were full time learners.

“We are extremely proud of this performance in the public schooling sector with six provinces achieving above the 80% threshold.”

However there are concerns about the 18 schools that continued to produce no matric passes. The committee urged the Department of Basic Education to do everything in its power to assist these underperforming schools.

“This situation should not be allowed to continue. Urgent intervention with regular monitoring is required. Ultimately it is our learners that suffer. We need to turn this situation around for them,” Gina said.

Meanwhile, government says the 2016 National Senior Certificate Examinations results are encouraging and highlight the strides that South Africa has made in providing quality education to all citizens. 

Government Communications and Information System (GCIS) on Thursday congratulated all the Grade 12 learners who sat for the 2016 NSC examinations across the country.

“The marked increase in the overall pass rate is a reflection of the hard work of learners and educators, and the support of parents and communities.

“The achievements of these young South Africans are evidence that we are a step closer to the goals of the National Development Plan, which projects that by 2030, all South Africans should have access to education and training of the highest quality, leading to significantly improved learning outcomes,” said the department.

Government also acknowledged the improvement in results that was achieved despite serious challenges in areas such as Vuwani, where learners were out of class for long periods.

The department said intervention by government in providing mobile classrooms, and the dedication of learners, teachers, School Governing Body members, traditional leadership, and the community ensured that learning resumed, and that matric learners were able to write their exams.

GCIS Acting Director General, Donald Liphoko, said government welcomes the improvement in results of the Class of 2016, which were achieved against the odds, and congratulate the learners for this achievement.

“I am confident that the learners from the Class of 2016 have the knowledge and skills to enter the next chapter of their lives.” 

Post-matric plans

Liphoko said government stands ready to assist learners from the Class of 2016 to fulfil their dreams.

“Through the Central Application Clearing House (CACH) service, we are assisting learners to find available places at universities and at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges.

The Clearing House service accessible on http://cach.dhet.gov.za matches applicants' exam results and study preferences with places that need to be filled.

“We are especially excited by the potential of TVET colleges as drivers of the necessary skills and education needed to grow our economy. It is hoped that they will become the institutions of choice for school leavers; government hopes to have 2.5 million youth enrolled in them by 2030,” said Liphoko.