SA’s matric pass rate is highest yet

first_img7 December 2013 South Africa’s matric students achieved a pass rate of 78.2% – the highest pass rate in 20 years, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced in Johannesburg on Monday. The national pass rate for state-set National Senior Certificate increased from 73.9%, up by 4.3 percentage from the previous year. Motshekga commended matriculants for their hard work and sleepless nights. “I congratulate the Class of 2013 for being the best class since the advent of democracy, and encourage every learner to go further than their predecessors and strive to excel in higher education, the workplace and in your general contributions as South African citizens. “Last year, I told the Class of 2012 that the world is their oyster and I want to repeat this to the Class of 2013. Indeed the world is your oyster, go out there and make the best of this acquired qualification,” she said.The results in numbers Motshekga said 562 122 full-time candidates sat down to write the 2013 matric exams – an increase of more than 50&nbps;000 from 2012. The 78.2% pass rate was a 4.3% increase from the 2012 pass rate of 73.9%. More than 67 000 distinctions were achieved. A total of 30.6% of matrics obtained bachelor’s passes. Over the past four years, the pass rate has seen a gradual increase. It has risen from 60.6% in 2009; 6.8% in 2010; and 70.2% in 2011. “In 1995, when this cohort entered Grade 1, the national pass rate percentage was 53.4% and, 19 years later, the national pass rate percentage is 78.2%. “When we came into office [in 2009], we had targeted 75% [pass rate] by 2014. Now at 78.2%, we have surpassed our target with a year to go,” Motshekga said. The pass rate for maths increased to 59.1%, from 54% in 2012. The pass rate for physical science climbed to 67.4%, up from 61.3% the previous year. Last year, 551 schools registered a 100% pass rate last year, up from 441 in 2012. Nine schools around the country received a 0% pass rate and would receive attention from provincial education departments, said Paddy Padayachee, the acting director- general of the Department of Basic Education. He said pass rates in virtually all 12 key subjects had improved nationally.How provinces fared The Free State led the pack and overtook Gauteng this year as the best performing province with its overall pass rate of 87.4%, a 6.3 percentage point improvement from 2012’s 81.1% average. Gauteng achieved 87.2% pass rate, up by 7.7 percentage points from 83.9% in 2012. It was followed by the Western Cape at 87% (up from 82.8%). Mpumalanga achieved a 77.6% pass rate – an improvement of 7.6 percentage points from 70% in 2012. Motshekga said KwaZulu-Natal’s pass rate increased by 4.3 percentage points from 73.1% to 77.4%. The Northern Cape, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape had pass rates of 74.5%, 71.8% and 64.9% pass rates respectively. “The relatively good performance of Limpopo in the National Senior Certificate is encouraging. Compared to the relatively poor performance of Limpopo primary school learners, it is clear that Limpopo’s secondary schools are doing an especially good job of producing quality results compared to the performance in lower grades,” Motshekga said.Independent Examinations Board results Pupils writing matric through the Independent Examinations Board achieved “exceptional results” for 2013, securing a 98.56% pass rate, Business Day reported on Tuesday. The newspaper says the 10 166 pupils at 185 schools writing the exams exceeded the previous year’s pass rate of 98.2%, and crowned the 2010 pass rate of 98.53%. The pass rate for 2011 was 98.15%. SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Rockets wait to see if they’ll get shot at Warriors

first_imgMOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. F2 Logistics sets up PSL Grand Prix finals showdown vs Petron But the Rockets will have to wait to see if they’ll get that shot at the Warriors after they failed to close out their series with the Clippers on Wednesday night, as Los Angeles won 129-121 to force Game 6.Houston has been eliminated by the Warriors in the postseason in three of the last four seasons, including twice in the Western Conference finals. The Rockets took a 3-2 lead over Golden State in the conference finals last year before dropping the final two games with Paul out with a hamstring injury.“If they come out of it, it’s going to be a great series,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We said all year: ‘Let’s run it back.’ Well, OK. I guess we’re going to run it back.”Houston took a 3-0 lead in their first-round series against the Jazz before missing all 13 of their 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter of a Game 4 loss in Utah. The Rockets weren’t particularly sharp on offense in their 100-93 win that closed out the series on Wednesday night, but they were proud of their defense.Ricky Rubio cut Houston’s lead to 94-93 on a jump shot with about a minute left. Tucker missed two free throws, but grabbed a loose ball seconds later and was fouled again. This time he made both shots to make it 96-93.ADVERTISEMENT Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) reacts to an official’s call during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball playoff series against the Utah Jazz, in Houston, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — Minutes after the Houston Rockets eliminated the Utah Jazz to advance to the Western Conference semifinals for the third straight season they were already looking ahead to the possibility of getting another shot at the Golden State Warriors.“That’s what I want,” center Clint Capela said. “I want to face them.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess James Harden blocked a shot by Ruby Gobert on Utah’s next possession and he made two free throws to extend the lead to 98-93 with 38 seconds left.Donovan Mitchell missed a 3-pointer after that and Paul added two more free throws to secure the victory.“We missed some easy shots, turned the ball over and they got going,” P.J. Tucker said. “But in the second half, we finally got stops to get the win.”If the Rockets hope to finally reach the NBA Finals this season, they know that they’ll have to continue to play good defense.“That’s what’s going to get us to our goal,” Harden said. “Obviously the shot making is extra, that’s a bonus. But if we’re guarding like we’ve been guarding and knocking down our shots, it’s going to be pretty tough.”Harden averaged 27.8 points in the first round, but he struggled at times to get going offensively. His worst game of the series came in Game 3 when Houston won despite him missing his first 15 shots to set an NBA record for most misses to start a playoff game.D’Antoni brushed off a question about if he had any concern about Harden’s efficiency after he led the team with 26 points, despite starting his night 1 for 11.“He’s so good that when he’s normal everybody’s like what’s wrong,” D’Antoni said. “He’s going to hit his stride. I don’t care what they do, he’ll figure it out … he could go 0 for 30 10 days in a row and it won’t matter. He still is who he is.” Veteran Chris Paul slightly scolded the 24-year-old for acknowledging that this is the matchup Houston has been looking forward to all season.“That’s going to be all over (the internet),” Paul said, shaking his head.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut Paul couldn’t deny that the Rockets are well aware that the Warriors have been the biggest roadblock to them vying for their first title in more than 20 years.“Real talk, in order to get to where you want to get to, you have to go through them,” he said. “They’re the reigning champs. They’ve been running the West for five years straight now.” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

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