Gauteng class of 2019 is the highest contributor of bachelor passes in the country.

The province achieved 87.2% pass rate with 44.5% quality bachelor passes exceeding the 2019 target of 40% and surpassing the 43.7% in 2018.

Speaking at the matric results announcement in Randburg on Wednesday, MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi said: “This province has increased distinctions (from 6000 to 7300) by 1300 distinctions and 35% of all these distinctions come from the townships.

“We gave it a try, we gave it a good try and sometimes when you give a try you either succeed or not. I am proud that we might not be number one as a province but we are number 1 in everything that comes with education.”

MEC Lesufi cited the disruption of education because of protest as a major factor in the decline of the 2019 matric results.

“Our major fall is disruptions, and we want to plead with communities to go to the municipal offices when they have problems and leave the children to go to school and not disrupt education.

“If you check the schools in Eldorado park, Klipspruit, these are the schools that have dragged our results downwards. If they performed very well, Free State would not have beaten us,” said Lesufi.

Premier David Makhura congratulated the 2019 matric class, expressing gratitude to parents and teachers.

“In the next five years, Gauteng is going to focus on basic education, Early Childhood Development (ECD) and primary schools. The spotlight is going to be much on primary schools and even on ECD facilities.

“We want our children to be properly geared up for the future right from ECD level that by the time they get to the high schools that are they should have a strong and sound education base.

One of the top achievers from Nellmapius Secondary School, Enrupie Hlatshwayo-Mentor who got six distinctions said it was not easy.

“Overall I managed to do good I intend to study BCom Accounting Science at the University of Pretoria that will allow me to become a Charted Accountant (CA) and maybe open my own accounting firm one day,” said Hlatshwayo-Mentor.

Source: Gauteng Province