14 May 2014
Western Cape MEC of Education Donald Grant
on Wednesday said he is pleased with the increase in the numbers and quality of
passes for the supplementary exams which were written in February.
MEC Grant said one of the department’s main
strategic objectives in education is to ensure that as many learners as
possible have the opportunity to write and pass their National Senior
Certificate. Over 600 additional candidates in the 2013 National Senior
Certificate have passed their NSC.
Ministerial Spokesperson Bronagh Casey said
the Western Cape government has
repeatedly made it made it clear that the number and quality of passes in the
NSC examinations is more important than the percentage pass rate as it is far
more accurate reflection of the competence and progress of the system.
“If we consider the combined figures of the
supplementary exams as well the NSC written in November, the Western Cape has also improved
it’s retention rate of 56.2 % in 2013, compared to the national average of 43%. We are pleased with the number bachelor
passes increase by 227 and furthermore the percentage of mathematics and
physical science passes also increased” said Casey
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