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Pass Rate Percentages Very Misleading

08 January 2014, 19:00

I am strongly against using a percentage to say matric results have improved. 

Firstly, we are dealing with different pupils who wrote in different years. 

The word "percentage" can be very misleading because, if three million learners wrote matric exams in 2012 and half of them passed, then that is a 50% pass rate.

But if six million wrote in 2013 and 55% passed, it’s an increase in percentage but a higher number of pupils failed. 

It's high time we start aiming for 100% every year and treat exams separately and differently.

We must also be concerned about the number of students who didn't make it. There is no such thing as an increase in pass rate percentages unless 100% was achieved.

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