Class of 2010 matrics to know their fate tomorrow

2011-01-05 00:00

IT’S one more sleep before the matric class of 2010 know how they fared in their final examinations.

Matriculants who wrote the National Senior Certificate through the Independent Examinations Board received their results yesterday.

The 642 691 candidates who wrote the exam set by the Department of Basic Education will only learn their fate tomorrow.

This figure is made up of 562 473 full-time candidates and 80 218 who wrote part-time.

As has been the case in the past, KwaZulu-Natal had the highest number of candidates writing — 130 485 — followed by Gauteng with 94 564 candidates and Limpopo with 93 806.

This has been the third instalment of examinations set under the National Curriculum Statement, which was launched in 2008.

Among the changes that came with the revised curriculum was the abolishment of the grading system. All pupils are now required to write either mathematics or maths literacy.

Matric results have been steadily on a downward trend in the past six years.

Overall, the pass rate dropped from 62,5% in 2008 to 60,7% in 2009 — a 10% decline since 2004.

Th decline elicited varied responses from unions and experts.

While Pan-Africanists see the decline as proof of a failing and dysfunctional national education system, the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA finds the overall results pleasing.

The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union, on the other hand, has pointed out that teachers need more training and support, and trade union Solidarity interprets the decline as an indication of difficult examination standards.

KZN is the only province with an improved pass rate at 61,1% in 2009, which was a 3,3% increase on 2008’s pass rate of 57,8%.

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