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Gauteng reclaims top three spot

2017/01/05 Thembisa Shologu
 
MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi has boasted that the investment the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) has made in township schools is yielding positive dividends by turning the lives of ordinary township kids around​.
​MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi has boasted that the investment the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) has made in township schools is yielding positive dividends by turning the lives of ordinary township kids around.
 
Addressing the Gauteng 2016 matric results announcement ceremony in Chief Albert Luthuli Primary School, Daveyton MEC Lesufi said of registered schools in the entire country that achieved 100% pass mark, Gauteng leads with 32 schools, 13% of which are based in the the townships. 
 
“We have invested our resources in three most important areas; turning the education system in all our townships into a better quality, ensure quality Bachelor passes and depositing the highest numbers in the post schooling environment”. 
 
“Gauteng basic education is maturing, we are on track in achieving 90% pass rate by 2019. Gauteng is the fastest growing provincial education system in the country. We are going to make sure that young people in the province are equipped with the required skills,” said Lesufi.
 
The province recorded a high percentage of 85.1%, which is an improvement of 0.9%, from 84.2 in the 2015 NSC examination results. Gauteng also registered the highest number of progressed learners of about 11596, 61 % of them have a matric pass in Gauteng and 9% obtained a bachelor pass. 
 
Premier David Makhura said: “We will achieve the goal of 90% pass rate by 2019.  We will achieve it with progressed learners.  We can’t chase percentages at the expense of our youth”. 
 
“Education is about hard-core skills and competencies. Without investing in education no nation can ever truly achieve sustainable social and economic growth. Without investing time, effort and resources on education no family can ever escape poverty, there is no shortcut, without education there is no way out of poverty,” Makhura.
 
Makhura urged families, communities and organised groups to demonstrate in action in willing to forgo many other luxuries and niceties in favour of putting more resources in education, making education a first priority.
 
Minister for  Basic Education, Angie Motshekga said government should make education a societal issue. 
 
“I am very grateful that Gauteng took a huge number of progressed learners, these are children who could have fallen through the cracks, learners who could have been discouraged. Failing children is not a solution, by doing so you are pushing them out of the education system,” said Motshekga.