Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Parents ‘key to best grade 12 results’

For the past four years, the matric results in Tshwane South has been the leading district in Gauteng. 

The area, which includes Laudium and Atteridgeville, took the coveted number one spot for consecutive years as the country’s top performing district. 

The district achieved an 89.6% matric pass rate in 2020, down from 93.3% in 2019. 

The district director, Hilda Kekana, said this week that she has been using one winning formula to ensure the schools in her district perform well. “The involvement of parents is key.” 

Kekana says she runs a programme where she meets the grade 12 learners and their parents and spells out what is expected of them. The parents are also given a schedule of all the activities the learners will participate in during the matric year. 

“Some parents are happy to buy school uniform and say ‘go to school my child’, but they do not interact with the teachers; they do not even look at the school books. So when I talk to them I tell them ‘open those books, check the marks’ and if you find that your child scored five out of 50 go to the teacher and ask ‘why is my child getting five? What is the problem?’” she says. 

This and other interventions, such as having classes seven days a week from 7am to 4pm, have helped, especially when schools reopened after lockdown.

Six of Gauteng’s districts made it to the top 10 2020 matric results. The top 10 districts had an above 85% pass rate. 

Fezile Dabi district in the Free State has also been a permanent feature in the country’s best performing districts. In 2018 the district, which includes Kroonstad and Parys, topped the country’s ranking with its 92.3% pass rate. It ranked sixth in the 2020 results by achieving an 86.5% pass rate. It is the top performing district in the Free State. 

The two other Free State districts that featured in the top 10 2020 matric results are Thabo Mofutsanyana, which encompasses Phuthaditjhaba, with 85.5% and Motheo, which includes Thaba ’Nchu, with 85.2%. 

The Metro North district in the Western Cape, which includes Bellville and Milnerton, also made it into the top 10 with an 85.5% pass rate. 

Subscribe to the M&G

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them.

Bongekile Macupe
Bongekile Macupe is an education reporter at the Mail & Guardian.

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Subscribers only

Life Esidimeni inquest postponed until August 30

The lawyer for the bereaved families argued that Dr Makgabo Manamela’s requests for postponements have a negative impact on the families of the deceased who seek closure

RECAP: Mbeki tells ANC that land without compensation goes against...

‘This would be a very serious disincentive to investment,’ says Thabo Mbeki in a document arguing that the ANC should not proceed with the Constitutional amendment of section 25

More top stories

Rivals agree on new measures to end Cape Town taxi...

But key route remains closed and affected areas halt issuing of operating licences

Magashule claims his suspension of Ramaphosa was lawful

In his application for leave to appeal the high court judgment, Magashule argues that the court erred in holding that Ramaphosa’s suspension was not lawful without giving any explanation for that conclusion

Life Esidimeni inquest postponed until August 30

The lawyer for the bereaved families argued that Dr Makgabo Manamela’s requests for postponements have a negative impact on the families of the deceased who seek closure

Wayde van Niekerk misses 400m final to compound SA pain

The world record holder was a medal hope but has ultimately been outrun by injury
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×