PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Oliver Dickson
 
Comments: 59
Article views: 6065
 
 
Latest Badges:
 
 

The REAL matric results stats

03 January 2013, 09:13  - Oliver Dickson
As bottles of champagne will be popping in the minister’s offices in celebration of the just over 3% improvement in the matric pass rate, I can’t help but sit here and wonder if it’s really worth celebrating. I, instead, find myself lamenting the stats. The real stats.

We have achieved a 73.9% pass rate this time around but with only 26.6% of learners passed with University exemptions. Which set of digits matter more? Realistically speaking, only 26.6% passed matric but only 26.6% will be able to go to university and persue meaningful careers. Careers that fit right into our emerging knowledge based economy.

But even within that 26.6%, not all of them will be able to go University simply because we do not have enough Universities to accommodate them. A quick fun fact, or not so fun fact, since 1994 there’s only been 21 Universities in South Africa. The number of universities has not increased since then. If we’re going to celebrate successes then we need to be able to accommodate those successes, we need to build universities.

What’s even more saddening is that we regard 30% and 40% percent as pass marks. This does not hold up to global standards. That’s why we will always find Zimbabwe producing better high school graduates than South Africa. My High School principle always said that by accepting the precedent that by accepting 30% and 40% as enough we set a further precedent that it is okay for doctors to only know 30% of the human body, it is okay for Pilots to only know 30% of the operations of an airplane. This, fellow South Africans, is ridiculous. 50% should be the bare minimum because that’s what gets you a chance of going to University. We celebrate mediocre results. That is a shame.

In 1976 our parents sacrificed their lives because they were fed up with an education system that allowed them to only be garden boys and tea girls. Do we need to sacrifice our lives before the government takes our education serious? Do people have to die first before we realize that it is ridiculous to be complacent with 26.6%, to be complacent with 30% and 40% as our pass marks?
Another quick fun fact, or not so fun fact. Only 40% of learners that started school in 2001 made it to matric. What happened to the other 60% of my brothers and sisters?   

Two things need to change, the government should start taking our education serious and we should start taking our education serious.

Until that happens, South Africa is not free.

Aluta Continua.

- Oliver Dickson is a second year students at Wits University, a debater at Wits Debating Union, Projects Liaison Officer of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-Wits), a writer, public speaker and community activist.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
59 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
NomfundoMlaba
Dark side of a rainbow nation

As a privileged born free of South Africa, I am deeply agonised to see how much we as the privileged youth don’t appreciate the simple things in life. Read more...

12 comments 404 views
Submitted by
Terence Wessels
It's hard not to give up!

I cry for my country, she is dying in front of us, and we are all powerless to stop her murderer. Read more...

2 comments 26 views
Submitted by
Bolsheviks Partysa
Government's proposed retirement ...

Members to the pension fund should remain in control of the funds and treasury and or government should allow members to withdraw the funds as and when they wish to do so. Read more...

2 comments 109 views
Submitted by
Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
The boat is sinking!!

When one is on a boat, in the middle of the ocean, the primary concern should be staying dry and safe Read more...

8 comments 489 views
Submitted by
czoe
Submitted by
Rools
Miracles

Miracles are easy to think about generally, but very hard to think rationally. Because miracles are supernatural, beyond the rules of nature, they are beyond the rules of reason and logic. Read more...

29 comments 273 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.