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Maths Literacy problem

03 January 2013, 07:26

Is my Maths Literacy letting me down or am I seriously missing something:

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) Bachelors Degree Pass Requirements are listed as follows:

Must obtain at least 40% for your Home Language

Must obtain at least 40% for 4 other High Credit Subjects

Must obtain at least 30% for two other subjects

This requires that you obtain at least 30% for your first additional language. 

But minimum University Entrance Requirements for Bachelors Degrees are 50 to 59% (at University of the Western Cape).

So whose fooling who??? Or am I plain stupid??? 

I know of instances where students confidently applied for Bachelors Degree studies on the strength of their Matric Exemption for Bachelor Degree Pass rate, only to be turned away, in tears, from University because the minimum DBE Pass Exemption falls far short of the minimum University entrance requirement. 

Simple logic tells me that the minimum requirements for the two pass rates should at least match.

Is this how DBE fools our children into thinking that they will get accepted into university with such a mediocre Bachelors Degree Pass Exemption. 

If you set low standards you are setting learners up to sink to them. 

In fact the high failure rate of 1st year university students has prompted several South African universities to raise their admission requirements since 2011. 

Our Department of Basic Education and our Department of Higher Education need to come clean and inform us at which university a Matriculant with a DBE Bachelors Degree Pass Exemption of 40% will be accepted for Bachelor Degree studies. 

I would imagine that the DBE's Angie and DHE's Blade would be sharp enough to ensure that DBE's Pass Exemption and DHE's Entrance Requirements would overlap to ensure smooth entrance for our learners from school to university. 

However, it seems like the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Higher Education have a Maths Literacy problem.

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