Western Cape education ministe

Western Cape education minister “quietly confident” in province’s 2015 matrics

Minister Schafer believes that the province’s 2015 NSC results will be even better than the previous year, with Mathematics and Science a key focus.

Western Cape education ministe

Later today more than 53 000 matrics will get their National Senior Certificate (NSC) results and the Western Cape’s minister for education, Debbie Schafer, believes that the province’s students will build on previous successes and achieve a sustainable, balanced result.

“While we all wait anxiously for the release of the results, I am quietly confident that the Class of 2015 will do this Province proud. Candidates, their educators and WCED officials have worked hard this past year and I am certain that this will translate into improved results across a number of areas,” she said.

 “While there is a tendency to focus solely on the provincial pass rate, which is an important indicator, the Western Cape Government also considers several other crucial indicators of an improving education system when analysing the results and determining the overall success of the examinations.”

According to the minister, the indicators used to gauge the overall ‘health’ of the province’s education system are:

  • Number of candidates writing and passing the NSC examinations;
  • Number of candidates achieving access to a Bachelor’s Degree pass;
  • Number of candidates passing mathematics and science

“If we examine these indicators we can then determine if the system is ultimately improving and if the Western Cape Government is fulfilling our objectives of improving both the quality of education and access to education as outlined in our Strategic Plan.”

Schafer added that, since the Democratic Alliance took office in the Western Cape back in 2009, the education system in the province has grown from strength to strength and consistently outperformed all other provinces when it comes to number of Bachelor’s Degrees obtained by matriculants.

She highlighted the province’s focus on science and mathematics as a core concern for the sustained growth of the Western Cape’s economy and that of the country.

“Improving the results in subjects such as Mathematics and Science is very important in realising this future, and contributing to much-needed skills in our economy.”

“Therefore, any analysis of the matric results must also consider the numbers and ratio of learners passing mathematics and science,” she said.