World Cup ‘motivated matrics’

2011-01-06 07:03

The Fifa World Cup motivated 2010 matrics who achieved a 67.8% pass rate, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said.

“The class of 2010 was simply distinctive... the World Cup was not a disruption. It motivated schools, parents, and officials to go the extra mile,” she said.

She described the pass rate as a “remarkable achievement” and said it was possible that the 2010 public sector strike might have robbed the department of its targeted 70% pass rate.

Intensive study camps were organised and it was indeed “business unusual“, she said.

“The exams went smoothly and the department consistently worked to ensure credibility of exams.”

The process of checking exam results was conducted fairly and the results were credible, she said.

She said although there had been a decline in the pass rate in previous years, the department had committed themselves to change that in 2010.

“It is pleasing to know that there were no major challenges like leakages,” she said.

The 2009 results were marred by matric examination paper leakages in Mpumalanga.

The department had aimed for a pass rate of 70% for 2010 and a 10% improvement by 2014.

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