Limpopo honours top achievers

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pretoria - Limpopo Education MEC Dickson Masemola is to acknowledge the best performing Grade 12 learners and schools in the province during an annual award ceremony in Polokwane.

The MEC is expected to hand over trophies, laptops and dictionaries to the top learner in the province, top learners per district, top learners per circuit as well as the 30 best learners in the province.

In the best performing schools category, Education Department spokesperson Ndo Mangala said there was a top provincial school, top district, circuit per district, 40 best schools in the province, club 50 and 100 schools as well as the 100 percent pass rate awards.

In the past 14 years, a school in the former Venda homeland, Mbilwi Secondary has obtained 100 percent pass rate, making it one of the best schools in the province. The school became the first rural school in the country to join the exclusive Club 100 schools.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor and former Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka launched the Club 100 initiative in 2006 to encourage excellence in schools.

Mangala said it was hoped the awards ceremony would encourage poor performing schools to pull up their socks and begin to excel without excuses.

When the matric results were released, the department failed to give a full picture of the performance of its grade 12 learners due to a system blockage which delayed the release of some learners' results.

However, Mangala said all outstanding learners' results have been released and 100 percent of the 1402 examination centres have had their results.