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2015 Matric results decline

By Maanda Mulaudzi

The Class of 2015 is a cohort of learners who started their schooling in 2004. It is  the second cohort of learners who wrote the National Senior Certificate based on the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS).  The performance of the  class of 2015 declined in eight out of the nine provinces. Limpopo was one of those that have been affected by this decline.


In 2015 the Province presented 101575 learners. This was an increase of 28585 learners (39.2%)who sat for exams in 2014. Of the 10155 learners, 66946 achieved the National Senior Certificate (NSC)qualification, with 20992 learners achieving Bachelor passes, 25434 Diplomas, 20509 Higher Certificates and 11 National Senior Certificate (NSC). This performance translates to 65.9%, which is a decline of 7.0% from the 72.9% obtained in 2014.

In 2015, performance of all five districts declined. This decline has resulted in Waterberg and Sekhukhune districts performing below the national norm of 60%. In other words , these two districts have underperformed. The results from Waterberg District was particularly worrisome because it has been a district with the lowest learner enrolment compared to the other four districts. Also notable is that their drop in performance was more than double the national decline.

In 2014 Limpopo had 3 schools that obtained a zero (0%)percent pass rate. In 2015 there is one school that has obtained (0%)  pass rate. This school is located in Seotlong circuit, Sekhukhune District. The name of the school is Naka Mmakgomo. 10 learners wrote and all 10 failed.

The top 3 schools in the province came from Vhembe district. They are Tshivhase, Mbilwi and Thengwe. This catergory caters for schools that presented 50 or more learners in terms of bachelor passes.

Top three learners in the province recognised learners who  obtained a minimum of 60% in six (6) subjects and a bachelor pass, excluding Life Orientation. The learners  are Sebati Mapula Gift from Dendron Secondary in Capricorn District ,  Mathivha Hamandishe Yakob from Mbilwi Secondary in Vhembe District and Mashapa Fulufhelani from Tshivhase Secondary in Vhembe District.