THE long awaited day for the announcement of the class of 2018 matric results finally arrived and it confirmed that the KwaZulu- Natal province was amongst the best performers.
Delivering the province’s matric results, Education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwane said: We are happy that for three years running, our pass rate has been on an upward trajectory. Our 2018 pass rate stands at 76,2%, an increase of 3.3% compared to the 2017 pass rate. What this shows is that as a province we have effective programmes in place which we need to strengthen further but we are on the right track. Having laid a strong foundation, we are aiming at getting a pass rate of nothing less than 80% come the end of this year, said Dlungwane.
The number of full-time registered matriculants stood at 116 152 and there were also 13 103 learners registered under the Adult Education and Traning [AET] programme, which was the biggest intake nationally.
The Msunduzi Municipality was the best performing local municipality within the uMgungundlovu District and this was not the first time. Amongst the top performing students are Rachel Rose and Nqobile Nzimande. Rose came first in the quintile 5 category while Nzimande led the quintile 2 category. Others were: Dlamini Kwandile in Civil Technology from M.L Sultan PMB, Wood Brett in Accounting from Maritzburg College, Nzimande Nonduduzo in Agricultural Science from Amakholwa Secondary School, Khulasande in Business Studies from Haythorne Secondary, Govender Leveshan in Economics from Maritzburg College, Nzimande Nqobile in English FAL, Mathematics and Physical Sciences from Langsyde, Piek Jered in Life Sciences from Maritzburg College, Mazibuko Smanga in Mathematics Literacy from Silver Heights Secondary, Budhram Abhishek in Geography from Raisethorpe, Zuma Ayanda in History Langsyde, Dlamini Bonginkosi in History from Pietermaritzburg Girls High.
Top Performing Schools
Schools that did well include Maritzburg College as it has come to be expected by achieving a 100% pass rate amongst its 244 learners that sat for the exams. They have maintained the 100% pass rate for three consecutive years.
Other schools that achieved a 100% pass rate include Pietermaritzburg Girls High, which had a total of 222 learners, unfortunately, they fell short by one learner in achieving the same rate last year.
The Chistlehurst Arts School also achieved a 100% pass rate with an enrolment of 8 learners while the Maritzburg Muslim School also achieved a spotless rate with an enrolment of 54 learners.