Matric results: mixed emotions for Angie Motshekga

2015-01-05 20:44

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The pass rate for the matric class of 2014 is 75.8%, a drop from 78.2% in 2013.

Announcing the results today at the SABC’s studios in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said she was disappointed by the slight decline.

However, she said she was happy that she had achieved what she had set out to do when she was appointed in 2009.

“When we were appointed in 2009 we set out to achieve 75% by 2014, and we surpassed our target, achieving 78.2% in 2013.”

Motshekga said 2014 was a watershed year since matric pupils wrote the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (Caps) for the first time. Motshekga introduced the curriculum a few years ago after a public outcry that Outcome Based Education (OBE) was failing the nation.

“As a result of the implementation of the curriculum, we also had to increase the pass mark for grades 7, 8 and 9. We are mindful that changes bring uncertainty and instability in the system. But unfortunately this had to be done.”

Changes to the curriculum, she said, will be a learning curve for everyone.

“With time we will reap the benefits. We can’t postpone the importance of raising the bar in education,” she said.

Motshekga said the appointment of matric scripts markers had to be audited in order intensify the quality and credibility of the results.

She said she was saddened by the group copying scandal which threatened the credibility of the results.

“Results of about 39 centres were initially withheld in KwaZulu Natal. But we have since cleared others and we are now left with 19 centres. In the Eastern Cape we had problems with 28 centres. Some of the centres have now been cleared and we are now left with 15 centres,” she said.

Provincial pass rates:

Eastern Cape: 65.4%

KwaZulu Natal: 76.6%

Limpopo: 72.9%

Northern Cape: 76.4%

Western Cape: 82.2%

Free State: 82%

Mpumalanga: 79%

North West: 84.2%

Gauteng: 84.7%

Motshekga also announced that none of the 81 districts achieved less than 50%.

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