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ANC Congratulates Class of 2017

05 January 2017

The African National Congress congratulates the Matric Class of 2017 for the improvement in the results of the National Senior Certificate examinations announced yesterday, 4th January 2018, by the Minister of Basic Education, Comrade Angie Motshekga. This achievement is the outcome of years of toil, dedication and determination by the learners, educators, parents and other education stakeholders over a concerted period of time; all of whom should be justifiably proud of the fruits of their effort.

The ANC specifically commends the Free State province for once again being named as the best performing province with an almost 90% pass rate; albeit a decline from last year's performance. The Free State's consistent excellence is and must remain an inspiration for all. We are particularly heartened by the reported increase in the results of the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal. While much more still remains to be done, their performance this year is indicative of the ability and will to do much better.

The African National Congress salutes the Ministry of Basic Education, the educators and all societal partners for indeed making education a societal issue. We commend to them those students who may not have fared well this year and urge them to take up the opportunities at a second chance offered by government. The remarkable achievements of the most vulnerable children in our society in these exams demonstrates the strides we are making as a nation to improve access, redress, equity, efficiency, and the quality of teaching and learning.

Issued by the African National Congress

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