The class of 2021 endured two consecutive years of dealing with the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason alone, they are to be celebrated as true victors.

The Council congratulates the class of 2021 on the national pass rate of 76.4%. This is  a slight increase in performance, compared to the 2020 achievement rate of 76.2%. The class of 2021 is commended for its resilience and for achieving more quality passes than previous years. 

The Department of Basic Education is applauded for its initiatives to improve teaching and learning in the public education system and for the extra support given to learners during this trying period in our history.

The teacher unions, together with their members, the teachers of our nation, are praised for the instrumental role that they play during a very distressing and uncertain period, to ensure quality learning and teaching in our classrooms and the impressive national results for 2021. This achievement is beyond expectation, given the global challenges inflicted on schooling as a result of the pandemic.   

To the class of 2021, may you continue to strive for excellence and exhibit the same tenacity that you displayed in the face of adversity.

We wish you well.

Issued by the General Secretary on behalf of the Executive Committee of the ELRC.
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