Call for inquiry into matric results

2009-01-05 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance has called on Education Minister Naledi Pandor to appoint an independent inquiry into the outstanding matric results and the quality of the 2008 matric pass rates.

The call comes in the wake of a growing public outcry over the non-release of some matric results, leaving scores of matriculants with their futures hanging in the balance.

The department has blamed the non-release of the results on technical problems while in some cases, it said, irregularities have been identified.

The DA however said that the non-release of the results is a result of poor administration.

“Children should not be made to suffer with a longer wait on account of the Education Department’s own poor performance,” said DA MP Desiree van der Walt, adding that the administrative failures cannot go uninvestigated.

She said that while the 2008 matric results suggest a sign of improvement, there are “a growing number of questions about the extent to which these results are in fact only smoke and mirrors”.

“Officially, the matric pass rate was 62,5%, but this excludes 57 000 candidates who had internal marks that were outstanding, oral or practical requirements, or pending irregularity investigations. While the existence of a handful of problems such as these is unavoidable, it is indicative of a serious problem that more than one in 10 matriculants did not get their results.”

Meanwhile IFP national chairman, Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi, lambasted the department over the declining national pass rate.

“This year the national pass rate went down to 62,5% compared to 65% last year. This is unacceptable and Naledi Pandor has a lot to explain to the nation”, she said.

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