Cape Town High School is celebrating a 95.6% pass rate in the 2019 matric exams.
Their results increased by 1.3% from 2018 and principal Emolten Cloete said they were now targeting 97% for the class of 2020.
The top student was Lungile Govuza who earned five distinctions and an 82% aggregate.
Mr Cloete said of their 91 matric pupils, only one had been unable to complete the exams due to an injury. Four pupils failed, and Mr Cloete said that was because they did not attend school regularly or showed any interest in applying themselves.
The school earned 45 Bachelor’s degree passes.
“More pupils of my school would be able to apply for tertiary institutions should they wish to do so,” said Mr Cloete.
He was particularly happy to see an improvement in “problematic” subjects such as maths and physical science.
He attributes the improvement to consistent hard work by both pupils and teachers, as they both had worked on past exam papers. He said everyone had given their best.
While nearby Gardens Commercial High and Harold Cressy High both earned an above 80% pass rate, these were lower results compared to 2018. With 85%, Gardens Commercial High recorded a decrease of 2.1% compared to 2018.
Over the past three years, Harold Cressy High School has seen a drop in its pass rate. It recorded a 7.1% drop from 2018, to 83.6% for 2019.
The province’s pass rate increased slightly from 81.5% in 2018 to 82.3% in 2019.
Education MEC Debbie Schäfer said: “I am very pleased with the performance of the Western Cape, especially given the difficulties that we are facing as a result of inadequate funding and safety concerns.”
“I would like to congratulate all our pupils, teachers and administrative staff, who have put in an immense effort.”
The percentage of Bachelor’s passes in the province has also risen, with 21 981 candidates achieving a Bachelor’s pass, which totalled 43.6% of candidates, compared to 42.3% last year.
Ms Schäfer said the province’s pupils had also achieved the highest percentage of distinctions in the country.
The province boasts the top three pupils in the country with Madelein Dippenaar from Paarl Gimnasium High School coming first, Gary Allen from Rondebosch Boys’ High School in second and Anuoluwa Makinde from Milnerton High School in third place.
The national results were announced by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in Midrand on Tuesday January 7 and showed a 3.1% increase from 78.2% in 2018 to 81.3%.
The minister said the matric class had made history by achieving a pass rate of over 80%.
A total of 788 383 candidates wrote the National Senior Certificate exam.
The Free State was the top performing province with an 88.4% pass rate, followed by Gauteng with 87.2% North West with 86.8% and the Western Cape with 82.3%.