EC Premier proud of the Class of 2020

By Irshaad Gangat

Honourable Eastern Cape Premier Lubabbalo Oscar Mabuayane recognized our Grade 12 Top Achievers on February 23. 

“I stand here today as a proud Premier and an active stakeholder in the education sector because the performance of the grade 12 class of 2020 exceeded my expectations.  Last year I said we should work to attain an 80 % pass rate this year. Little did I know that a pandemic in the form of the corona virus would affect our 2020 school calendar,” said a proud Mabuyane.

Mabuyane accepted the 68.1 % pass rate that has been achieved by the class of 2020 without any reservations. He added that the 8 % drop in the pass rate is understandable for 2020 because of Covid-19, said that the Eastern Cape cannot drop the pass rate in 2021 and allude to covid-19 as a reason for the drop.

Mabuyane commends the Department of Education (DoE) for the tablet initiative they implemented to support grade 12 learners last year. “Without a doubt the tablets enhanced the interaction between teachers and learners,” he said.

He added that, “If we had financial resources in abundance I would say all high school learners should be given tablets. However that is not possible due to scarce financial resources at the present moment. We are accelerating the broadband project to increase internet connectivity and schools are a primary beneficiary of the project.”

Mabuyane congratulated Mr Reinhardt Buys for putting us on the national map as a top learner in the country and also congratulates Simamkele Bongo from Xolilizwe SSS who placed 3rd in the Quintile 3 schools category. Mabuyane also noted improvements in key subjects of accounting, agricultural science, economics, and mathematics and life orientation. These are critical subjects for our province because they open opportunities for learners to pursue careers that are critical for economic growth in our province.

An ecstatic Mabuyane said, “I am also overjoyed by the performance of learners from rural districts. Improvement in Distinctions per District are quite commendable as well. Improvements in Alfred Nzo West from 1.9% to 2%, Amathole West from 1.4% to 2%, Chris Hani West from 2.2% to 2.4% are commendable.”

Union’s leaders were thanked for putting the interests of our learners first.  Mabuyane wished all the successful learners the best of luck in the careers they are going to pursue and expresses his sincere gratitude and appreciation to CEM led by Minister Angie Motsekga for saving the 2020 academic year against all odds.

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