The DA in Gauteng joins learners and parents in celebrating results achieved by the 2022 matric cohort.
Despite facing immense challenges in the past three years, including the Covid pandemic and the related lockdown regulations, community protests, loadshedding, and gangsterism in some communities, Gauteng Matrics surmounted these obstacles.
Fantastic work has been done by our learners, who achieved a pass rate of 84.4%, which includes 69,849 Bachelor passes.
We also want to salute the work done by the 28 schools in the province that achieved a 100% pass rate.
The DA in Gauteng extends our gratitude to the parents and teachers for all the effort they have put in to guide and assist the learners in the province to pass this important milestone in their lives.
Teachers and parents have had a heavy burden operating in a challenging environment, but they have been resilient in supporting the learners of Gauteng.
While this is a time for celebration, it would be remiss to forget the 51,255 learners who dropped out between grades 10 and 12, resulting in a 27.7% dropout rate.
We need to do more to reduce this dropout and ensure more of our children matriculate so they have a better chance in the South African job market. It is well known that unemployment strongly correlates to the education level people achieve.
In 2023, the DA will continue to hold the Gauteng government to account. We will demand that the Gauteng Department of Education prioritise creating a conducive teaching and learning environment.