Matric pass rate falls again

2007-12-27 00:00

Johannesburg — The national pass rate for matrics has dropped, Education Minister Naledi Pandor said yesterday.

"While the 2007 pass rate is positive in some respects, it is still negative in a number of our key performance criteria," she said.

"While we should celebrate the successes, our primary response must be to assert that we will continue to give emphasis to the implementation of effective strategies that will support increased success at all levels of schooling."

Spokesman for the ministry, Lunga Ngqengelele, said the number of pupils who passed grade 12 rose from 272 488 in 1998 to 368 217 in 2007.

However, the pass rate has declined each year since 2004; in 2007 the pass rate was 65,2% compared to 2006’s pass rate of 66,5%.

The Western Cape and Gauteng were the two top provinces — with pass rates of 80,6% and 74,6% respectively in 2007.

The Eastern Cape and Limpopo were the two provinces with the lowest pass rates, with pass rates of 57,1% and 58% respectively.

The number of pupils able to take advantage of university study has remained consistently above 85 000, even though the endorsement rate has declined from 18,2% in 2004 to 15,1% in 2007.

Higher grade mathematics passes increased from 25 217 in 2006 to 25 415 and standard grade from 110 452 in 2006 to 123 813.

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