The 2020 academic year was seriously disrupted because of the nationwide lockdown caused by Covid-19. Very little physical teaching took place, but many fortunate students were able attend online classes and catch up with most of their work.
Everyone can attest to the fact that it was a difficult and short academic year. The latest matric results suggest this did not seriously affect academic standards.
Here’s the breakdown by province:
- Free State: 85.1%
- Gauteng: 83.8%
- Western Cape: 79.9%
- KZN: 77.6%
- North West: 76.2%
- Mpumalanga: 73.7%
- Limpopo: 68.2%
- Eastern Cape: 68.1%
There are some bright spots in this. Gauteng achieved a creditable 83.8% pass rate, and more students obtained bachelor’s degree passes than in 2019.
Among those learners who obtained bachelor’s degree passes were some of Tshepang care centre’s matriculants: Thandekile Mthimkhulu, Tebogo Magane, Zama Malibana, Kwanda Khumalo, Busi Mahlangu, Thulani Mnyakeni and Monica Makaka.
We reached out to some of these matriculants to get their response to the results and to find out about their plans for the future.
“I feel happy about my results, I am currently doing a learnership in baking and next year I will be studying towards being a flight attendant.”
“It was tough and challenging because of the pandemic and I didn’t have enough to study but I did my best and I am happy about my results.”
“some of the subjects were never taught and we had to do with what we can. I got help from my classmates on some subjects and I am very happy about my results. I am still going to decide on what career to pursue and I will apply for studying next year.”
“Next year I want to study retail management. I worked very hard and did my best and I am happy about my results.”
“It was a very tough year for me, I encountered a lot of challenges, but I am proud of what I achieved. I am going to study towards being a teacher next year.”
We also reached out to one of Tshepang Care Centre representatives, Ms Patience Ramashapa and she had this to say.
“We as Tshepang Care Centre are very happy and proud of our kids and they will give hope to the children coming after them. This is a big achievement for Tshepang. It shows growth in our kids. We have one boy who completed his computer systems qualification with Tshwane University of Technology and one doing his final year in entrepreneurship management with UNISA and we have three girls doing their second years in varsity and we are very proud. This year we received four bachelor’s degrees, one diploma and one higher certificate.
Saiba is equally proud of the 2020 matriculants and sends its best wishes to the matriculants as they branch into different streams of studies. Well done to the matric class of 2020!