Jansen: ‘Pass mark should be raised to 50%’

2012-05-11 00:00

PROFESSOR Jonathan Jansen, rector of the University of the Free State, yesterday lambasted the low teaching standards in South Africa and said pupils needed to pass exams with at least 50%.

Students pass two of the required six subjects with as little as 30%, andfour with only 40%

Jansen was the guest speaker at the international congress of Umalusi, the council for quality assurance in general and further education and training, held yesterday in the West Rand.

Jansen said South Africa must ask itself if it wanted to continue pretending it was fair to judge all pupils simply on their matric results while there remained a massive difference in the education that advantaged and rural children received.

Jansen said it was a delusion to think that post-apartheid education catered for the poor rural child. He said no one stood up for indigent pupils. They get 99,6% for life orientation and 99% for home languages, but score only the minimum pass mark and inflated marks in other subjects, with which they then arrive at universities.

He stressed that universities could no longer accept the low standards set by the current education system.

Jansen added that many schools had untrained teachers and were extremely poorly run.

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