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MEC for Education says the Class of 2021 performed well despite difficult circumstances

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The 2021 Matric Awards took place today in Kimberley. Picture: Danie van der Lith

The Northern Cape achieved a 71, 4 percent pass rate in the national senior certificate examinations.

THE MEC for Education Zolile Monakali pointed out that the Class of 2021 had a cause to celebrate as they had to contend with “very difficult circumstances”.

The Northern Cape achieved a 71, 4 percent pass rate in the national senior certificate examinations.

At the matric awards ceremony on Friday Monakali he believed that hard work had dispelled any doubt of failure.

“The 2021 cohort of learners have been tested not only through exams and the usual tests but also by the Covid-19 pandemic of unimaginable proportions in human living memory.

“The matric class of 2021 defied the odds to make it to this moment. They were able to rise beyond circumstances and excel during a pandemic. This is the class that has demonstrated resilience and tenacity and raised above all the circumstances with the help of teachers, family and friends. They had to battle with many upheavals and adjust to a new normal.”

He wished all matriculants well in their future endeavours and congratulated all the award winners.

“I extend a word of sincere appreciation to the entire education system in the Northern Cape, all teacher unions, our partners in education and the Northern Cape provincial government, under the leadership of Dr Zamani Saul for their unwavering commitment and dedication.

“The future of our Province and country rests solely on education. Every child is a national asset and every child must succeed in life!”

Diamantveld High School walked away with the first prize top academic school award for 2021 in the Frances Baard Region. Seen from left are: HOD for Education in the Northern Cape, Moira Marais, Principal Leon Victor and Northern Cape MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Bentley Vass. Picture: Danie van der Lith
Girls High School walked away with the second best academic school award for 2021 in the Frances Baard Region. Seen from left are: HOD for Education in the Northern Cape, Moira Marais, Principal Rencia van Blerk and Northern Cape MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Bentley Vass. Picture: Danie van der Lith
Northern Cape High School walked away with the third top academic school award for 2021 in the Frances Baard Region. Seen from left are: HOD for Education in the Northern Cape, Moira Marais, Principal Owen Du Plooy and Northern Cape MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Bentley Vass. Picture: Danie van der Lith
TOP THREE ACADEMIC SCHOOLS IN THE PROVINCE: Seen from left are: HOD for Education in the Northern Cape, Moira Marais, Girls High School principal, Rencia van Blerk (second best school), Diamantveld High School Principal Leon Victor (first place) Douglas High School principal Johan Basson (third place) and MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Desery Fienies. Picture: Danie van der Lith
ACHIEVING EIGHT LEVEL 7’S: Seen from left are: Tahlita Fourie, Shannon Wong Fatt and Liane Kapp. Picture: Danie van der Lith
TOP THREE LEARNERS IN THE PROVINCE: Seen from left are: Third place, Khadija Hoosain, second place, Shannon Wong Fatt and first place, Matthew Holm. Back: Premier of the Northern Cape, Dr Zamani Saul. Picture: Danie van der Lith
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