Matric figures are right: Dept

2011-01-07 08:53

An article that claims the 2010 matric pass rate was actually 57% was based on wrong calculations, the national Department of Education said today.

“The matric pass rate we have given of 67.8% is absolutely correct based on the method we have been using over the past 16 years,” the department’s spokesperson Granville Whittle told Sapa.

The Sowetan newspaper’s front page today read: “WRONG ANGIE Now repeat after Sowetan: 279 033 ÷ 643 546 = 43% failed, the real pass rate is 57%.”

Whittle said the newspaper had used the wrong method to calculate the percentage.

“They took the total number of learners registered to write exams and included part-time candidates (repeat candidates who failed previously) to do their calculation.

“Learners who failed before only write subjects that they failed and this number is not included in the total figure,” explained Whittle.

Whittle said the department was questioning the motives behind the report, adding that the department was not planning to take legal action but expected an apology.

“They owe us that much... the department is upset and the thousands of learners who worked hard must be equally upset.”

The Sowetan editor was not immediately available for comment. 

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