Western Cape Matric 2019 students came out tops in individual accolades claiming the first, second and third spot for students with most distinctions.
Madelein Dippenaar from Paarl Gimnasium High School is the top performing student in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.
Speaking to the media after the Matric 2019 announcement, Dippenaar said,
I was extremely shocked, I never thought it would be possible to be quite honest and when I got the call, it was extremely unexpected – I never thought I would be in the top 10 nationally or maybe provincially,
Second on the national list is Gary Allen from Rondebosch Boys’ High School followed by yet another Western Cape student, Anuoluwa Makinde from Milnerton High School.
Education MEC Debbie Schäfer said she is delighted that students from her province a trifecta.
“I am very pleased with the performance of the Western Cape, especially given the difficulties that we are facing as a result of inadequate funding and safety concerns.
“I would like to congratulate all our learners, teachers and administrative staff, who have put in an immense effort,” Schäfer said.
Announcing the national pass rate, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the 787 717 candidates who wrote the National Senior Certificate (NSC) attained an 81.3% pass rate, a 3.1% increase from 2018.
The Free State came out tops, with an 88.4% pass rate.
They were followed by Gauteng, with 87.2% and North West with 86.8%.
The Western Cape placed fourth, achieving an 82.3% pass rate, a 0.8% increase from 2018.