Learners who sat for the national 2019 matric examination obtained 81.3 % from 78.2% last year. More importantly, KwaZulu-Natal improved from 76.2% to 81.3% this year.
Kaunda also congratulated the Minister of Basic Education and the MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal for a wide range of interventions government has made, particularly in struggling schools located in townships and rural areas.
“These interventions will ensure that we continue to narrow the gap between urban and rural schools,” said Kaunda who was elated that Pinetown, one of the two districts located in eThekwini Metro ranked number three in the province.
Kaunda said that these excellent results were a clear indication that education continues to be an Apex priority for the democratic government. He also attributed this success to the fact that since 1994 government has put measures in place to make education accessible to all.
“To date, over 90% of public schools have become no-fee paying schools, and learners are benefiting from school feeding schemes and subsidised public transport. This alone, has contributed to the increase in school attendance from 51% in 1994 to 99% today,” said Kaunda.
The number of learners who passed matric has also increased from 50% before 1994 to 81.3% today. Kaunda urged parents, organized labour and school governing bodies to continue to work with government, particularly the department of education in instilling the culture of learning and teaching in our schools.
“As parents, we have a duty to take keen interest in supporting our children in their academic activities throughout the year. As schools reopen next week, we call upon teachers to be in class and teaching and learners must be in class on time. As government, we will continue to strive to create a conducive environment for learning and teaching in our schools,” said Kaunda.
Darul Ihsan Media Desk