Editors voice: Much of the groundwork has been applied

The 2016 matric results were announced last Thursday. The province was able to obtain a 77,2 per cent pass rate, sightly lower than that of 2015 – a decrease of 0,4 per cent.

Congratulations to two of our pupils who made it onto the national list of achievers. The province has sustained a successful pass rate since 2009 under the leadership of the provincial government, and directly under the baton of MEC Reginah Mhaule.
As a former educator herself, Mhaule has ensured that systems are in place to assist pupils.

Although it may not be 100 per cent functional, it has been adequate enough to improve the province’s ranking; the matric results each year is proof of this. To top it off, Mpumalanga is not among the provinces that are in dire need of assistance such as the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal.

We may not be as developed as other provinces, but the matrics’ performance is outstanding to say the least. This is a result of the hard work put in by all the stakeholders in the education sector. This is, however, no overnight success. The work starts in early childhood development and continues through to primary and high school.

Much of the groundwork has been applied by the department through numerous programmes and campaigns and because of this, the department and province were able to obtain favourable results.

There are exceptions of inadequacy that still need to be addressed if the province wants to achieve pass rates in the 80s and 90s, but this too requires hard work and dedication.

It is great that the province’s matriculants have been counted among the leading pupils in the country. The challenge now is tackling life at tertiary level.

Bongani Hlatshwayo

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