Johannesburg - The African National Congress on Monday welcomed the 2013 matric pass rate announced by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.
“These results reflect an increase not only in the number of schools passing but also in the quality of passes,” spokesman Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.
“We are particularly pleased by the improvement in the key gateway subjects of mathematics and science.”
Motshekga announced a 78.2 percent pass rate for the 2013 matric class. In 2009, when Motshekga took over as minister, the pass rate was 60.6 percent. It has climbed steadily since then.
The party congratulated the Free State and North West for being the first and second best performing provinces in the country.
The Free State increased its pass rate from 81.1 percent in 2012 to 87.4 in 2013.
The North West improved from 79.5 percent to 87.2 percent.
Mthembu said more needed to be done to improve the education system.
“While indeed these results are a cause for celebration, there is still much more work to be done. Our education system must ensure that no child is left behind in our quest to develop a knowledgeable and skilled citizenry.
“Provinces that continue to face challenges and have not performed well should put in more effort in the coming years.” - Sapa