Following the publication of the 2020 matriculation results, students across the country will now collect their individual grades on Tuesday. Education Minister Angie Motshekga revealed that the pass rate for this year’s matriculars was 76.1% – a respectable effort for an academic year wasted by COVID. However, some schools did not show any signs of “pandemic fatigue”.
Which schools have the best matrix results for 2020?
Every year, Education specialists Gradesmatch publish ‘top 10’ of South Africa’s best performing schools, according to their ratio of distinctions per learner. Assessing schools with a minimum of 20 matriculants, the data shows that the bar was particularly high in Gauteng – which is also home to six districts with “the highest pass rates” in Mzansi.
This year, the Central Islamic School in GP takes first place, with an average of 3.5 distinctions per learner. Star College in KwaZulu-Natal is not far behind in second, and three other schools in Gauteng – Afrikaanse Hoer Meisieskool, Hoerskool Waterkloof and Lenasia Muslim School – are in the top five.
The best matrix results in South Africa BY DISTINCTIONS
Two other KZN institutions feature in the top 10, as does a representative from Free State – the province with the highest pass rate for this year’s results. However, the central Islamic school’s position at the top is at the edge of the fringes, as only 22 learners passed their exams – narrowly avoiding the minimum threshold:
Schools praised for their efforts in the event of a pandemic
The National Organization of Professional Teachers of South Africa (Naptosa) praised the learners for their “ resilience ” in the face of a difficult academic year. Beyond the publication of these matrix results, the union now wants the Ministry of Basic Education to address the fundamental challenges that existed in our schools, long before the arrival of COVID-19:
“The fact that we were able to achieve a 76.2% success rate in the face of adversity for Grade 12 learners in 2020 is beyond expectation. The lessons learned in 2020 must be used to improve schools in 2021 and beyond. It is imperative to pay more attention to the health and safety of teachers and learners… ”
“You have to take care of the ruined school infrastructure; overcrowded classrooms can no longer be the order of the day; lessons learned about online teaching and blended learning should be passed on to all schools; our online platforms need to be expanded, and a more convenient – and less lip-smacking – implementation of service delivery needs to become the order of the day. “
These ten schools have “ the best results in the country ”
SourceThese ten schools have “ the best results in the country ”