Port Elizabeth - The ANC on Friday welcomed the 2018 matric results as an affirmation of the progress in transforming education in South Africa and the improved outcomes especially in provinces that have under-performed in previous years.
“The 2018 results are an affirmation that the painstaking process to transform our education system and the significant investment we make every year are bearing fruit,” the ruling party said after Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga’s announcement on Thursday.
“We extend our heartfelt congratulations and good wishes to all the learners who worked tirelessly to raise the bar in the 2018 matric outcomes,” the ruling party said, adding that those who were not successful should not give up but “work harder” and “use the options available to them”.
However, the ANC said that the drop in the performances of the Northern Cape as well as the Western Cape this year, must be addressed to improve their performance in the coming year.
The Northern Cape obtained a 75.2%, pass rate, a decline of 2.4% from 77.6% in 2017. In 2016, the Northern Cape obtained an 82.2% pass rate. The Western Cape dropped from 83.2%, a decline of 1.2% from 84.4% achieved in 2017, reports from previous years said.