Shocking stats behind matric results

By Drum Digital
10 February 2016

A survey published by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has found deep-seated racial and social inequalities in South Africa’s matric results.

The IRR report broke down levels of educational achievement by living standards division.

In the area of mathematics, only 35 % of matric candidates who wrote mathematics in 2014 achieved a grade of 40 % or above. When the data was broken down by race group, it became apparent that 83 % of white candidates obtained a grade of 40 % and above as opposed to 69,7 % of Indian candidates, 46,3 % of coloured candidates and just 28,5 % of African candidates.

According to the IRR’s CEO Doctor Frans Cronjé, their data reveals that 20 years into our democracy not enough has been done to deliver high-quality education to black people.

The data showed strong correlations between living standards and educational outcomes. For example, in the poorest division, only 5,9 % of candidates passed mathematics in matric with a grade of 60 % of higher. In the wealthiest division, the figure was 23,3 %.

Dr Cronjé said the quality of mathematics education in South Africa is generally is very poor, despite the fact that the economy is moving away from less-skilled primary and secondary industries towards the more highly-skilled tertiary sector.

“This will continue to depress economic growth levels and job creation, while hobbling any expansion of the middle class,” Dr Cronjé says. “South African policy-makers must also be careful that other African economies do not become preferred destinations for high-tech and high-skilled investment.”

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