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Johannesburg - Sadtu on Tuesday morning welcomed the 2013 matric pass rate announced by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.
“The many hours spent by the candidates... not only in the final school year but in the entire schooling life... has been well spent,” said SA Democratic Teachers' Union general secretary Mugwena Maluleke in a statement.
“The results can be attributed to dedication, tenacity and hard work that were trademarks of our fallen world icon Tata Nelson Mandela.”
The union praised teachers for their part.
“They are the real heroes and heroines... they have managed to play their part in ensuring that the doors of learning remain open to the African working class child.”
Motshekga announced on Monday 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. - Sapa