President Jacob Zuma has congratulated all the matriculants who sat for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations during 2017. Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga, released the results during a live broadcast at the SABC in Auckland Park on 04 January 2018.
The President commended the improvement in the pass rate, which rose from 72.5% in 2016 to 75.1% in 2017. “We welcome the fact that the pass rate has consistently improved since the democratic dispensation, especially since the reconfiguration of education into two separate departments, namely Basic Education on one hand and Higher Education and Training on the other hand. This reaffirms government’s focus on education as an apex priority and the greatest enabler of the society as well as a key aspect of our programme of Radical Socio-Economic Transformation,” said President Zuma.
President Zuma further encouraged those who did not achieve a university pass and those who failed, to never lose hope, adding that there was a wide choice of other opportunities. “We encourage those who did not pass that there are still plenty of opportunities to be explored to fulfil their dreams. We wish to remind our matriculants of the many opportunities provided by Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs) Colleges and other vocational training centres across the country.
“The learners still have an extra opportunity to better their results in their second attempt during Supplementary Examinations to take place at many matric re-write centres. They should use this setback as an opportunity to reflect and improve,” said the President, who also called on parents, teachers, friends and relatives to provide the necessary support to all the Class of 2017 matriculants.