Premier Maape applauds the class of 2021 for the improved matric results

Taung – North West Premier, Bushy Kaobitsa Maape has thanked and applauded the
Matric Class 2021 for assisting the province to improve the matric results and achieve
78,2% which represents an increase of 2% from the 76,2% in 2020.
Premier Maape was addressing the North West Provincial Matric Results Announcement
ceremony held at MM Sebitloane Special School in Greater Taung Local Municipality. The
ceremony was also attended by top achieving learners and schools in the province,
including the officials from Department of Education.
In 2018 the province improved to 81.1% (position 4), 2019, obtained a pass rate of 86.8%
(position 4) then in 2020 dropped to 76.2% and relegated to position 5 on the national
ranking. In 2021 the Province is back to position 4 with 78,2%.
Premier Maape said the performance is a reflection of the resilience of learners who had
to adapt to new ways of learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic which affected their
schooling program.
“The Class of 2021 faced the stark realities of living side-by-side with the Coronavirus
pandemic. They had to adapt and cope with the dictates of a pandemic that dramatically
changed their conventional ways of doing things at home and at school. Despite all this
they rose above the challenges they faced and emerged victorious. We are proud of the
character displayed by the Class of 2021” remarked Premier Maape.
MEC for Education also applauded the learners for helping the province to improve the
results after dropping their position in 2020. MEC Matsemela also announced the best
performing candidate for the North West Class of 2021, Eloise Elizabeth Shelley from
Hartbeespoort High School. Shelley obtained seven distinctions and scored 1709 marks in
all subjects excluding Life Orientation and obtained beyond 90% in all her subjects.
“When we said we will bounce back after taking a knock in the 2020 matric result, many
thought it was just a rhetoric. Our commitment to rise again was inspired by the wisdom
drawn from the words of our former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Maya
Angelou‟s poem „Still I Rise‟. We have reclaimed our position and we are counted
amongst the stars. We are extremely proud of the Class of 2021” said MEC Matsemela
Top Performing Schools based on highest number of subject distinctions (Excluding Life
Orientation), in ascending order. In Position 3 is Potchefstroom Girls High with 186 subject
distinctions, Position 2 – Wesvalia High School with 207 subject distinctions and Position
1 goes to Gimnasium High School with 214 subject distinctions.
Bojanala District is the top performing district with 81,6%, followed by Dr Kenneth Kaunda
with 79,3%, Ngaka Modiri Molema 75,2 and Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati with 72,9%.
Premier Bushy Maape took the opportunity to announce that the province will be
increasing the number of bursaries for the 2022 academic year.
“The Provincial Bursary Scheme is now known as Victor Thebe Sifora who is a struggle
icon in the province, who education was very close to his heart. We will also increase the
roll-out of learnerships and internships for those who will not succeed in securing the
bursary. This will give them an opportunity to acquire the needed skills, lessen the high
unemployment rate in the province and contribute to the economy” said Premier Maape.
He also thanked MEC Matsemela for heading what he called a complex Department and
delivering on the key mandate of the Department.
Issued by the Office of the Premier – North West
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