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Bad matric results ‘not the end of the road’, says NC ANC

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The party’s provincial secretary has urged pupils to register to rewrite those subjects that they failed

File picture: Oupa Mokoena/African News Agency (ANA)

THE ANC in the Northern Cape has encouraged pupils in the Province who did not succeed in their 2020 matric year to rewrite their subjects.

ANC provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga on Tuesday reminded pupils who fell short of the minimum requirements to pass that they could still obtain their matric certificates.

“It is not the end of the road. Make concerted efforts to register and rewrite those subjects,” said Ngxanga.

He urged the Department of Education to develop improvement strategies to address weaknesses in the system that could have contributed to the drop in the matric pass rate.

“The department should provide adequate support to its district offices and schools, based on the decrease that was recorded in all districts.”

Ngxanga pointed out that the Class of 2020 had to brave challenging circumstances during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Province recorded a decrease of 10.5 percent in the matric pass rate – from 76.5 percent in 2019 to 66 percent in 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic impacted and disrupted the 2020 school academic year and led to a loss of valuable learning and teaching time.

“Educators and learners soldiered on regardless, putting in extra effort to complete curriculum delivery and ensuring that learners were well prepared for the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. The ANC in the Northern Cape salutes all educators, learners, parents and support staff at schools for their unwavering commitment and dedication.”

Ngxanga congratulated the Province’s top matriculant, Gabbi Christians from Kimberley Girls’ High School, on her outstanding academic achievement.

“Her achievement is evidence of the fact that through hard work anything can be achieved. We wish her well in her future endeavours and trust that she’ll continue to make the Northern Cape proud.”

Ngxanga also congratulated Vaalharts High School, Calvinia High School, Hopetown High School and Prieska High School for obtaining 100 percent pass rates in the 2020 NSC examinations.

“It is truly inspiring that while schools had to adapt to the ‘new normal’, they still excelled academically.”