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The North West Education and Sport Development department retained its fourth position in the matric results. According to the national performance of provinces five have dropped and one has retained its position. The other three provinces managed to improve and this resulted in the overall national improvement of the results.

Thirty five thousand, seven hundred and thirty – three 35 733 learners entered for the Grade 12 examinations. Out of that number only thirty thousand, seven hundred and eighty two (30 782) wrote the examinations, and this translated to 86.17% of learners who wrote.

The Class of 2017 entered the formal schooling system in January 2006. They are the fourth FET cohort to write the National Senior Certificate Examination which is Curriculum Assessment Policy System aligned. The province presented 411 full time schools with Grade 12 in 2017 and 314 schools performed at 70% and above.

The Class of 2017 pass rate with the progressed candidates is 79.44% and without the progressed candidates it is 82.1%. The 53.2% of the progressed candidates passed the examination. The province dropped by 3.06% from 82.5% of 2016, despite the ambition of achieving 86% and the accompanying intervention efforts.

The North West Education and Sport Development MEC, Sello Lehari expressed that the province has been consistent in its performance.

“We still pride ourselves as a province about the performance of our learners which has been consistent for the past three consecutive years, dating back from 2014. We obtained position two in 2014, position four in 2015 and position four in 2016”, said MEC Lehari.

MEC Lehari congratulated Marie – Tinka Olivier from Rustenburg High School as the top candidate in the North West Province for the year 2017. She obtained 1703 marks, an average of 94.61%. She wrote 7 subjects and obtained in the nineties in all her subjects with the lowest of 92%.

MEC Lehari further congratulated the top achievers in different subjects from quintiles 1 to 3 schools which are largely based in the VTSD communities. These are Mwezi Koni who obtained 290 in Life Science and 300 in Physical Science from Are – Fadimeheng Secondary School in Dr Kenneth Kaunda District, Olebogeng Caxton Malefe who obtained 282 in Economics from Batswana High School in Ngaka Modiri Molema District and Kabelo Given Molefe who obtained 288 in Geography from Thulare High School in Bojanala District and many more.

Kgotso Koni the father to Mwezi Koni who is unemployed together with his wife expressed that they tried everything to support their son to pass matric.

“We are unemployed with my wife but we raised money through knitting clothes in order to help our son. Since he has been admitted at Wits University to study Astrophysics, I wish him to obtain a bursary to further his studies”, said Koni.

In the district performances Bojanala District obtained the first position with 85.73%, followed by Ngaka Modiri Molema District with 85.69. Ramotshere Moiloa Sub – District from Ngaka Molema District obtained position one with 85.735% followed by Ditsobotla with 85.60%.

The Meritorious Awards for the extraordinary achievements and special awards went to two learners who have excelled despite challenges faced. Tshegofatso Moruvi from Johane Mokolobetsi Secondary School from Madibeng Sub- district obtained a Bachelor Degree pass, 85.1%. She is a first child in the family that is headed by her mother.

The second candidate who received a special award is Luday Rashad Dangor Van Der Merwe from Meerhof Special School in Madibeng Sub district in Bojanala district. He lost both parents, had a quad bike accident and has a brain injury. In December 2012, he was shot when trying to assist a fellow South African during an armed robbery and that resulted in him being quadriplegic.

The most improved school from those who were underperforming is Tlhoafalo Secondary School in the Ngaka Modiri Molema District of the TswaingMunicipality. They achieve a 90.00% pass rate, an improvement of 60.29% from the 35.71 pass rate in 2016