PE district has plan to regain top matric spot in province

AFTER slipping down the performance ranks from the district with the highest matric pass rate in 2013 to number five last year, the Port Elizabeth office is set to start the academic year with a bang as it targets an 80% pass rate this year.

The top district in the province in 2013 with 74%, it received a special mention at Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s announcement of results last year.

Previously, Cradock had been the consistent top performer – a position it reclaimed this year with an impressive 82.3% pass rate. Although the Port Elizabeth district’s pass rate improved marginally from 74% to 74.3%, it was outperformed by Uitenhage, East London and Qumbu – one of the three worst-performing districts in the country in 2012 – which came in third with a whopping 22.4 percentage points increase on the previous year’s 56.2%.

Port Elizabeth acting district director Phakamisi Hlekani said the district was on a mission to set the tone for the rest of the matric year at the start with an intervention plan that would, hopefully, see pupils achieving an 80% pass rate.

“While we haven’t gone down in terms of pass rate, we are wary of the drop from the top spot.

“We are still analysing the results and assessing where we went wrong because we failed to achieve our 80% target,” he said.

 – Zandile Mbabela 

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