Limpopo Education authorities have praised the matric class of 2020 for achieving a 68.2% pass rate despite challenges pertaining to access to e-learning resources.
The province is ranked seventh nationally and recorded a 5% decline compared to 2019.
Seven Limpopo schools have also achieved a 0% pass rate in the 2020 senior certificate exams.
Concerns over decline in Limpopo matric results:
It was an unusually short event to give details into the 68.2% pass rate recorded by Limpopo learners as announced by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. There were less than 50 people in attendance and social distancing was the order of the day.
Education MEC Polly Boshielo honoured the province’s top achieving learners. Among them was Pearl Khosa from the PP Hlungwani Secondary, in Green Farm village, in Malamulele. She bagged seven distinctions and a 100% pass in Mathematics.
Khosa has her eyes set on becoming an Actuary. “I still can’t believe it’s happening. I mean I didn’t expect it, but I expected it. I mean I worked hard and the support that I received from my teachers, the principal, the school, my parents, my whole extended family helped a lot. This year, I am looking to study Actuarial Science at UCT. Well, I hope to excel. I’m gonna put in the same amount of time, maybe add a little in my studies and just focus so that I can get my degree and start working,” says Khosa.
Boshielo has praised the matric class of 2020 in the rural province for achieving a 68.2% pass rate despite challenges of access to online learning resources. She says more funds will be required for extra lessons to reduce the impact of COVID-19 at most schools.
“As a department, we will be investing our energies times and resources on closing the gaps that COVID-19 exposed in terms of our traditional ways of teaching and learning extra classes will require more funding given the COVID-19 pandemic that have stolen the teaching and learning time,” says Boshielo.