Mbilwi Secondary School is again the top school in Limpopo. The schools produced a 100% pass, with 97,8% matriculation exemptions. Since 1995, Mbilwi has produced a 100% pass rate.
The second best performer this year was Harry Oppenheimer (Capricorn District) and the third best was Glen Cowie of Sekhukhune. Capricorn District was the district with the best results, a 70,64% pass rate, Mopani was second with 69,13%, Vhembe third with 65,5%, Waterberg fourth with 63,11%, Sekhukhune fifth with 59,07% and Bohlabela sixth 56,58%.
The top five learners in the province are Rethe Hermine Maree of Hoërskool Merensky, followed by Rendani Solomon Mauda of Mbilwi, Karin Jacobs of Hoërskool Pietersburg, Dux Dougan Möhlman of Hoërskool Pietersburg and Jakobus Kritzinger Venter of Hoërskool Hans Strydom.
The top ten learners of Vhembe are Rendani Solomon Mauda of Mbilwi, Nzudzanyo Ranwana of Thengwe, Dzivhuluwani Raudzingana of Mbilwi, Stephani Botha of Louis Trichardt Secondary, Elekanyani Mugivhi of Thohoyandou Technical High, Uhuhwavho Thelma Mathusa of Thengwe, Johannes Lodewikus Lee of Louis Trichardt Secondary, Mushaathama Magwaba of Mbilwi, Ndivhuwo Hitler Mudimeli of Sinthumule Senior Secondary and Herbert Arinao Kharivhe of Thengwe.
The following learners from Vhembe were the top learners in different subjects: Khathutshelo Fairzyl Mudau of Tshiawelo Secondary (Business Economics), Herbert Arinao Kharivhe of Thengwe (Economics), Rendani Solomon Mauda of Mbilwi (Geography), Duncan Mathebula (Agriculture), Tendani Rhoda Netshisumabewa of Sam Mavhina (Tshivenda), Ranwaba Nzudzanyo of Thengwe), Mushaathama Magwaba of Mbilwi, Rendani Solomon Mauda of Mbilwi and Dzivhuluwani of Mbilwi, all for Physical Science, Roda Rodney Lidzhade of Thohoyandou Technical, Mushaathama Magwaba of Mbilwi, Takalani Mangenge of Mpandeli, Takalani Mashau of Khakhu and Rendani Solomon Mudua, all in Mathematics.
Exactly 93 459 learners wrote the Grade 12 examination. The number of learners who passed with full exemption is 16 435 and without full exemption is 43 653. Out of 93 459 learners, 60 087 have passed and this constitutes an overall matriculation pass rate of 64, 3%. Last year’s matric pass rate was 70,6%.
During the announcement of the matric results in Polokwane, Education MEC Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said the 5 000 posts of principals, deputy principals and departmental heads which are presently advertised in schools, will also be filled by April 1. “From April 1, we shall start building the first 50 circuit offices at the cost of R5 million each. Each shall have a computer laboratory of about 30 computers, a library, a science laboratory, and a media center with equipment to enable them to support schools. In 2007, we shall build a further 50 offices and finish the remaining ones in 2008”.