By Nyakallo Mosala and photo By Onalenna Marumoloa

.Pure Mathematics, Technical Mathematics and Technical PhysicalSciences were among the most challenging subjects during the 2019national senior certificate examinations. This is according to the
MEC of Education in the North West, Mmaphefo Matsemela when she was announcing the province’s 2019 matric results at Field College in Rustenburg earlier today. The 2019 cohorts saw the North West move one notch up to take the third position at the Nationals with the pass rate of
86.8% with progressed leaners which is a 5.7% higher than the rate of 2018 which was 81.1%. “It is important to note that out of the 8 5549 progressed learners who sat for 2019 NSC Examination, 2 685 wrote all six subjects while the remaining 5 864 opted for multiple examination opportunity and are expected to write the rest during the mid-year examinations” Matsemela said.
Although 2019 was momentous for the department, there we challenges which the department faced during the examinations and were quickly dealt with. “Despite concerted efforts to disrupt our year end examinations in Bloemhof in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati and several areas in the Dr
Kenneth Kaunda districts, these examinations continued without any interruption in the entire province” Matsemela said. The MEC said that the department was proud of the high level of commitment of the education team who demonstrated extraordinary professionalism, dedication and resolve against all turmoil. More than 200 matriculants had to be ferried to a safe exam centres after violent unrests at the beginning of the exams in October 2019. The riots were allegedly sparked
by the arrests of a group of community members who were linked to serious crimes in the beginning of last year.
Although this may be celebration for individual schools and learners, the department says this is a
celebration for the North West community as a whole because “it takes a village to raise a child”.
“To demonstrate our seriousness we have adopted and successfully launched Ngwana Ke Sejo
Campaign” which aims to change the direction of the education sector to develop relevant skills to
match the needs of the economy” Matsemela conclude