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Matric 2014 pass rate 75.8% - Motshekga

By admin
06 January 2015

The national pass rate for the 2014 matric exams dropped to 75.8%, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Monday.

The minister of basic education Angie Motshekga has announced a drop in the matric pass rate .

Motshekga admitted that she was disappointed by the decline in performance from 78.2% achieved by the class of 2013 to 75.8 in 2014 .

Political parties and academics  have also expressed their disappointment and concern over academic the performance of last years matrics highlighting various factors that could have contributed to a lower pass rate .

The DA's   Eastern Cape education spokesperson Edmund van Vuuren , said the drop in the pass rate was a concern as was the provinces high drop out rate with less than 50% of pupils even making it to matric .

The Pan African Congress sighted language barriers as one of many deficiency's in the education system that made success even harder for pupils at rural schools .

Professor Sarah Gravett, executive dean of the University of Johannesburg's education faculty said although the curriculum hadn't changed as such the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (Caps) which replaced Outcomes-Based Education last year is more demanding of students .