Three districts in central South Africa are among the country’s top five performers which attained a high matric pass rate. The Xhariep District in the Free State had a pass rate of 92%, second to the Overberg District in the Western Cape which had the highest pass rate of 92.7%. The Fezile Dabi District in the Free State was third with 91.8%, followed by Gauteng West with 91.2%. The Namaqua District in the Northern Cape was fifth with a 91% pass rate. Jaco Deacon from the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools, says it is fantastic to have three districts in central South Africa among the top performers. He says it shows that quality education is provided in rural areas.
Meanwhile the Free State chalked up an 88,2% National Senior Certificate pass rate to emerge as the country’s top performing province. This was an increase of six percentage points compared to 2015. The Western Cape followed closely with 85.9%. North West came in fourth with a pass rate of 82,5%, followed by the Northern Cape with 78,7%. The national matric pass rate was 72.5%. This was a slight increase over last year’s rate of 70.7%. Announcing the results in Midrand last night, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga however said further improvements in the schooling system were needed. – Christal-lize Muller