The Class of 2017 sat for the National Senior Certificate examinations in an extraordinary year, affirmed by South Africans as the year of OR Tambo, a centenary celebration of the birth of a profound struggle hero, people's president and astute academic who left an indelible mark on shaping the freedom we enjoy today. As we celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2017, we are therefore privileged to align our successes to the astounding achievements of past heroes such as OR Tambo who have shaped our freedom through excellence in education.
The 2017 cohort wrote the NSC examinations at a time when the standard and quaility of th epublic examinations system is considered to be maturing and stabilising. A total of 535 484 full-time candidates sat for the 2017 NSC examinations. The following data attest to the proficiency of our education system:
- An improvement in the pass rates for Mathematics and Physical Sciences
- An increase in the percentage of learners who achieved NSC
- An increase in the percentage of learners qualifying for Bachelor's Studies
The above achievements are a confirmation that the National Strategy for Learner Attainment (NSLA), which targets all grades in the schooling system is beginnign to take root. We are certainly not where we need to be, but this year's results confirm our assertion made in 2016, that we are a 'system on the rise'. We will continue to harness the gains made in 2017 and continue to ensure that the system is taken to the next level of performance.