June 12, 2024

President Ramaphosa lauds 81 percent matric pass rate by South African students, highest since advent of democracy in 1994

Students from the University of Cape Town listen to Western Cape premier Helen Zille during a meeting at the university in May 2011. Photo: AFP/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA
South African students from UCT (University of Cape Town) listen to Western Cape premier and Democratic Alliance

The President has encouraged candidates who did not attain the Senior Certificate to use the Department of Basic Education’s Second Chance programme.

“Do not be discouraged, but courageously persevere towards your goals, “President Ramaphosa said; adding that government would continue to provide support to learners to complete their education as well as to address weaknesses in the system that result in high numbers of learners who enter the education system in Grade 1 not completing their schooling.

The President has urged learners across all grades to embrace learning as a lifelong and pleasurable pursuit that not only adds economic value and enhances employability, but enhances people’s outlook on life and their contribution to society beyond the world of work.

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