As the class of 2023 celebrates its exam performance, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group, is urging parents to monitor their children after receiving their results.
Last night, Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, released the country’s overall matric pass rate in Johannesburg.
The class of 2023 made history – with a pass rate of 82.9%, the highest since the dawn of democracy.
IEB learners achieved a 98.46% pass rate, a slight improvement on the 98.42% recorded in 2022.
According to the Department of Basic Education, however, part-time matriculants performed dismally.
SADAG’s Development Manager, Fatima Seedat, says they will be hosting live to talks to parents and learners about the matric results.
SADAG has also urged matriculants to give themselves a pat on the back for having worked so hard throughout the year.
Seedat has urged parents to assure their children of their support, regardless of the outcomes of their performance in the final examination.
She says while academic success is important, young people should know that them not achieving their set goal doesn’t mean they are less valuable.
Minister Motshekga has praised the class of 2023 for its resilience.
She says their adaptability is proof that excellence is possible in the midst of adversity.
The learners were in Grade 9 when COVID-19 hit and schools had to go on a rotational system.
They also had to contend with rolling power cuts, which sometimes lasted up to at least eight hours, for township residents.
Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa