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COVID-19: Lessons learnt during the 2020 academic year will help  improve matric results, says DA

To lift-up the crumbling education system, Democratic Alliance (DA) has urged Limpopo Education department to learn from the 2020 academic year disruption as a result of COVID-19.

DA said the department should provide leadership and innovative solutions to end the continued downward trajectory to improve learning throughout the province.

In a statement on Monday, DA Limpopo Education Spokesperson, Jacques Smalle told Education Department MEC, Polly Boshielo that Limpopo deserves support and quality education to improve matric results.

Smalle said despite a 68,2% drop, the third-lowest in the country, DA congratulates the 53 634 out of the 78 695 Limpopo learners who sat and pass the 2020 Matric exams.

“It is encouraging 49 schools in the province managed a 100% pass rate. An increased, sixteen bachelor’s pass, 9 diplomas, and 2 higher certificates out of 27 special need learners,” said Smalle.

Smalle said Waterberg 2, Vhembe east, Vhembe west, Capricorn South that achieved over 70% pass rate must get support to continue improving, adding that the same applies to Sekhukhune East and Sekhukhune South that achieved below 60% pass rate.

However, said Smalle it is concerning that Limpopo has the lowest 73,9% pass rate in the country when excluding progressed learners.

“It is also deeply concerning that 134 schools out of the 1370 schools in the province failed to reach a 40% pass rate, 31 of these schools failed to reach even a 20% pass rate (9 schools with 0% pass rate).

The DA had anticipated that this year’s matric learners would not perform well, especially in certain gateway subjects,” said Smalle.

Smalle said while the DA admits COVID-19 disrupted the 2020 academic year’s proper school attendance and learning, the party urges the Limpopo education department to provide leadership and innovative solutions to improve learning in the province.

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