Ilembe matrics perform worst in KZN

Stanger Manor Secondary matrics at the school on Thursday morning checking their results: Melinda Ncube, Naledi Masondo, Siyathokoza Zuma, Eugene Buthelezi, Andile Khoza, Snenhlanhla Khoza and Ntokozo Ntuli.

Ilembe district hit rock bottom yesterday, coming out as the lowest performing district in KZN with a pass rate of 52.42 per cent.

The district has regressed from last year when Ilembe had the second lowest pass rate at 59.2 per cent.

The province itself had the third lowest pass rate in the country with 66.44 per cent.

Only 98 028 of 147 646 pupils who wrote for their matric passed.

Nine schools in KZN had a 0 per cent pass rate. This number has decreased by five from last year’s 14.

The KZN MEC for education Mthandeni Dlugwana encouraged the pupils who failed to not give up.

“We are very worried about the number of students who failed in 2016. It is alarmingly high.

“They must however also find comfort in the words of the late president Mandela when he said, ‘Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up.'”

It was not all bad news at two schools on the North Coast, Stanger Manor Secondary and Tongaat High School each had at least one pupil who achieved eight distinctions.

Schools in Tongaat, falling under the Pinetown district achieved a pass rate of 66.38 per cent.

WATCH: Courier journalist Allan Troskie was live at Stanger Manor Secondary School, chatting to some of 2016’s matriculants as they received their results.


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