The Grade 12 EMSS learners from across the country received their certificates and top achiever awards on 13 March 2021. Despite an extremely disruptive year, the EMSS Grade 12s showed high levels of resilience and drive by attaining an impressive 84% pass rate, of which 63% attained bachelor passes.
Sibulele from KwaNobuhle township in East London is a Matric who worked magic and achieved 8 distinctions and plans to become a forensic pathologist. Sibulele tells how lockdown made things difficult and has advice for the matrics of 2021.
There are plenty of courses and jobs learners can do which do not require a matric certificate. So if you did not pass your matric do not worry. This is what College SA is saying and it's definitely peaking all our interests.
Matric inmates have made the Department of Correctional Services proud as they not only saw an increase in their Matric pass rate but also saw them beat regular public schools. Just like regular public schools, inmates had their schooling turned upside down due to the pandemic.
The Department of Basic Education has said that the decline seen in 2020's Matric pass rate is not Covid related and would have actually been very close to last year's pass rate. The Matric Class of 2020 achieved a national pass rate of 76.2%.