Article by: Dumisane Dube
Limpopo recorded a 5% decline at 68.2% for the matric results of the year 2020 according to Limpopo Education authorities.
Seven schools in Limpopo achieved a 0% pass rate in the 2020 senior certificate exams.
Limpopo province is ranked seventh nationally with record of a 5% decline compared to the year 2019.
Education MEC Polly Boshielo said she was proud of the Limpopo matric class of 2020 in achieving 68.2% despite digital challenges school children are faced with in the rural province.
Boshielo praised the province’s top achieving learners. Pearl Khosa from the PP Hlungwani Secondary was the top achieving student with seven distinctions and a 100% pass in Mathematics.
“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,” said Boshielo.
MEC also said she was very disappointed that seven schools in the province recorded a 0% pass rate.
“The small schools have proven to be costly to the system, unsustainable and not viable. We have reduced the number of 0% schools from nine in 2019 to seven in 2020. The following seven schools, which enrolled a combined total of 73 candidates have achieved a 0% pass rate due to educational non-viability,” explained Boshielo.
Basic education minister Angie Motshega released the matric 2020 on 22 February 2021.
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