School time is over for Newcastle’s Class of 2019, matrics share their plans for the future

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The matric results have finally been released, with the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations seeing an 81.3% pass rate, which is a 3% increase from the previous year’s pass rate of 78.2%.

This year, a staggering 788 717 candidates registered to write the NSC exams, with this figure comprising of both full-time and part-time learners.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga made the official announcement of the results on Tuesday evening, January 8, to a room filled with education sector stakeholders in the Midrand.

Elated about announcing the results, this year’s pass rate continues the ever-improving trend for the NSC pass rate over the past three years.

But who are the best performing provinces in the country?

The Free State clinched the top spot, placing first with a pass rate of 88.4%. Following in second place is Gauteng with a pass rate of 87.2%.

Coming in at third place is the North West with a pass rate of 86.8%, followed by the Western Cape with 82.3%.

KwaZulu-Natal takes the rank of fifth place with a pass rate with 81.3%, with Mpumalanga coming in with 80.3%.

Northern Cape takes seventh place with 76.5%, followed by the Eastern Cape with 76.5%.

As their school career has officially come to an end, the Class of 2019 now prepares to enter the world in pursuit of their dreams. The Newcastillian asks local matriculants what are they going to miss about school and what are their plans for their future? This is what they have to say.

Anzel du Plessis

“I am definitely going to miss my friends. As for my future, I either want to study to become a wedding planner or a teacher.”

Ashley Strydom

“I am going to miss my friends. For my future, I am going to go and do business studies.”

Ulrich van Rensburg

“I would have to say, I am going to miss my friends and teachers. I also have a lot of plans for the future, but I would like to pursue my studies and start my own business.”

Nhlanhla Vilakazi

“I am going to miss break time and my friends,” Nhlanhla laughs. As for his future, Nhlanhla says while he isn’t too sure what the future holds for him as of yet, he intends to obtain a degree and start his own business.

Khaya Nhlapo

“I am going to miss my Zulu, Geography and Maths teachers’. My plans for the future involve me going to varsity, studying and pursuing my dream of becoming an athlete.”

Thandolwethus Mathunjwa

“I am going to miss my English teacher, as he is definitely one of a kind. As for my future, I am going to become a chartered accountant and I plan to become the richest woman in South Africa.”

As the Class of 2019 embarks on a brand new adventure, Pixelfish Marketing and the Newcastillian wishes them all the best for their future endeavours.

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