2010 matric pass rate 67.8%

2011-01-06 07:26

Pretoria - Some 67.8% of matrics passed the 2010 exams, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced in Pretoria on Thursday.

She described the pass rate as a "remarkable achievement" and said it was possible that the 2010 public sector strike might have robbed the department of its targeted 70% pass rate.

Chief Director of Exams Nkosinathi Sishi said 364 513 pupils passed their exams.

There were 643 546 candidates who sat for the exams, of whom 537 543 wrote all seven subjects. Of those, 23.5% obtained university entrance, up from 19.9%.

There were 18 schools where no pupils passed and 504 schools that achieved a 100% pass rate.

Gauteng the top province

In 2009, 60.7% of matrics passed the 2009 exams, which was just under two percent down from 2008, when 62.5% of matrics passed.

Sishi said nine subjects had been adjusted upwards and 10 had been adjusted downwards.

Exam papers were marked at 127 marking centres and the results were made available to Umalusi, the Council of Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training, on December 24.

Gauteng was the top province with a 78.6% pass rate, followed by the Western Cape which achieved 76.8%, Motshekga said.

This was followed by the Northern Cape with 72.3 percent - the biggest improvement by a province. In 2009 the Northern Cape had a 61.3% pass rate.

KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State each had a pass rate of 70.7%.

The Eastern Cape had a 58.3% pass rate followed by Limpopo and Mpumulanga who had 57.9% and 56.8% respectively.

Motshekga said that there was still much work to be done to further improve the results.

  • timmarles - 2011-01-06 07:29

    way to go ANC!

      IandI - 2011-01-06 08:01

      Each one teach one.Pass one, pass all.. The dream has finally kum tru!!

      Warren - 2011-01-06 08:14

      Way to go ANC you have managed to manipulate the results again or is it because the scholars taught themselves while the teachers were participating in industrial aerobics.

      CF - 2011-01-06 08:31

      Who cares, they need to study further in order to really add value to society!

      DonkeyKong - 2011-01-06 08:35

      As per comment raised by IceBlaster, the pass rate is 57% and not 67% ... the number of passes ("364 513 pupils passed their exams") has been expressed as a percentage of the "537 543 that wrote all seven subjects" and not the "643 546 candidates who sat for the exams" Am I missing something here?? !!!

      Whale - 2011-01-06 09:07

      The results were obviously manipulated to be used as propaganda in the upcoming local government elections!

      SiphovdMerwe - 2011-01-06 09:19

      @timmarles, for someone who makes a fuss about grammar, you sure don't grasp the concepts thereof very well.

      Lanfear - 2011-01-06 09:37

      Hehe Timmarles, nice grammar indeed. It would aN ANC, not A ANC. No matter, I am proud of the increase! To those naysayers, yeah right. So if the results are poor its true results and if its good its manipulated? Talk about bias.

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-01-06 10:58

      BWHAHAHAHAH! More for me. Less for them. Perhaps one day this government will learnt that its only cheating itself.

  • CP - 2011-01-06 07:36

    67% got 30% for 20% of their subjects.... not counting the 400'000 pupils that started Gr1 but did not get to Gr12....Remarkable!!!!

      Sprokie - 2011-01-06 09:11

      go back to england bra..

      k1dbl4ck - 2011-01-06 11:00

      its not remarkable. its massively entertaining. unfortunately all the paperwork, number cooking and fancy speeches cannot actually give people an education. we are faced with a future of dumbasses.

  • IandI - 2011-01-06 07:39

    These results were "massaged" by Umalusi and Dept Of Education. What quality is there when pupils need only 30% to pass a subject?If we use the 50% pass mark required in the old apartheid education system the 2010 pass rate would probably drop to around 40%. I challenge the minister to provide the data to recalculate the pass rate using the 50% pass mark!!!

      gnyatlo - 2011-01-06 08:10

      During apartheid, the minimum pass was just above 33% for some subjects whilst others (like mother tongue) the minimum was 40%. Poor performance by learners, teachers and education departments is not only confined to Africa but has become a worrying world trend.If you care to read blogs of major newspapers in the UK, you might be surprised to find we are not alone. Having said that, a lot still needs to be done as we have seen students perform beyond their capabilities in the past - which is very lacking now.

      sandrak - 2011-01-06 08:20

      as a product of the old Apartheid education system, I would like to remind you that 50% was NOT the pass rate. 45% and sometime 40% was the pass rate .... depending on whether you were writing higher or lower grade... Amazing how the past acquires a glorious golden glow - when it was rubbish! Not that the current education system or results are in any way acceptable. Still MUCK work to be done!

      IandI - 2011-01-06 08:53

      Thanks for the update guys.Will the next step be for govt to bring the pass mark at tertiary institutions down to 40% as well?(we nedd more doctors). I can see how being operated on by a brain surgeon who only passed with 40% could be deadly!!!

      Zion - 2011-01-06 09:11

      The matric pass rate of 2010 will go down in history as a public disgrace. Organs of the ANC government has called, on several occasions for the marking to be done in a dishonest manner in order to boost the pass rate and hence the deplorable reputation of the department of education. Given the circumstances of 2010 it is impossible that the pass rate improved above that of 2009. It would be interesting to compare the White against the black Rates for the two years 2010 and 2009 calculated from a base line. Before a race card is added the implication here is that the black pass rate would have increased drastically for 2010 against the Whites which is generally more stable. Sadly we will never see the figures. Our friend Blade Mzimande must be feeling the bite from the private school matric results at 98.38%. This guy wants to integrate the private schools with the public schools thereby dropping the standard even lower. As for the results, well they are just not accepted, but only as fraud.

      Zion - 2011-01-06 09:19

      gnyatlo + sandrak, During the 1960's I was in high school for 5 years. This was a tri-medium government school and the curriculum was according to the Cape Province. The matric pass rate was never discussed as it never was an issue. During that 5 years we did not have a single matric failure. There was no magic or mystic involved only dedicated teachers and an array of canes.

      Lanfear - 2011-01-06 09:44

      Hmm, the old pass rates were 45% for higher, 40% for standard and 33% for lower grade(s). University and college pass rates have always been and still is 50%, with 40% needed for a supplementary exam. @ landl - the pass rate for medical is around 80%, not 50% like most other subjects. I do agree that the standard must not be dropped, but that the level of education must rise. Bring everyone UP to a level, not downgrade. Still, it is an improvement. As to the number of people who passed with matric exemption, well 23% is not bad. The rest should still go to colleges and technikons to gain further education and skills. University was anyway never intended for the masses, throughout the world and history...

      Lanfear - 2011-01-06 09:48

      @ Zion - you do know that Blade Nzimande is the minister of HIGHER education, i.e. after school? Angie Motshekga is the minister for basic education [school education]. No matter what Blade has or had to say, he has no power over schools and what/how they teach. And pass rates for private schools have ALWAYS been higher. Better funding, teachers [you can pay more for the best], less children [whose parents can afford it], all result in better and smaller classes, more personal attention from the teachers, etc.

      TGIL - 2011-01-06 10:21

      you're right, and its a joke. A laughing crying joke. Who has every called 30% a pass rate. Why not just ask them to jump up and down 4 times and then pass them all? The ANC is creating a society of retards and more importantly, sending the message to the future generation of: you're stupid, dont try, you'll get it free anyway

      cyjm317 - 2011-01-06 18:08

      TGIL thats just like the way your Appartheid thugs created you as a retard and now you're crying for attention

  • Neena - 2011-01-06 07:39

    How is this remarkable?

      TGIL - 2011-01-06 10:24

      its remarkably nauseating....they drop the pass rates for different race groups and then score 67%??....assuming a proportional race group allocation (which we know is nonsense) that means 67% of the youth could manage above 30% pass pathetic

  • Zinki - 2011-01-06 07:40

    Sounds very rigged to me. How can they jump 7% in such a disruptive year with world cup and teachers' strikes etc?

      lebogang.ramafoko - 2011-01-06 08:20

      Maybe kids actually study when the teachers are not there? Eliminate the middleman/woman?

      cervezab - 2011-01-06 08:42

      It seems that the self-study groups created during the strike provided a better environment for learning than the teachers were able to provide

      ArtGee - 2011-01-06 08:53

      I agree with you on that one.... one month of Soccer Madness, 4 months of "Teasha Straik", and there is an INCREASE in the pass rate? Something smells fishy!

      Themba Hlats - 2011-01-06 09:32

      The results were not manupulated.what are you implying Zinki? why are you so suspicious!!

      Gary - 2011-01-06 09:41

      elections are just around the corner........need I say more?

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 09:51

      The reporter asked MR Sutry the same question, and he responded. Go and listen to the interview for an explanation.

      IceBlaster - 2011-01-06 10:31

      @Themba Hlats, "Sishi said nine subjects had been adjusted upwards and 10 had been adjusted downwards." That means the results were manupulated.

      orionangel - 2011-01-06 10:55

      As the product of a teacher's family, I know for a fact that the results are rigged. One school in particular had a 10% pass rate but were instructed to pass the other students as well.

  • sean - 2011-01-06 07:40

    No 67.8 % is not a remarkable achievement, 80 to 90 % would be a remarkable achievement but hey if they keep lowering the standerds of education as they have been doing we might actually reach that goal.

      neljn18 - 2011-01-06 08:21

      Sean I agree with you 100% will said.

      with respect - 2011-01-06 08:40

      Sean, I agree that the levels of education need to improve HUGELY. That said, let's give credit to the students who passed in the face of enormous obstacles. Passing at all is a remarkable achievement for any pupil who's had to walk two hours each way to school, in the rain, with no food, to a school with no lights or teachers, classes of 50+ and holes in the roof through which it's raining, and who's then had to learn in a 2nd or 3rd language. That is the reality for thousands of students in the poorer rural parts of our country. So well done to the matrics of 2010 who passed, and hopefully the pupils and teachers of 2011 will get more support from our government and education department!

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 09:57

      Not really Sean, you must remember there is a lot of schools with very little financial support (Quintile 1, 2 and 3 schools). Only Quintile 5 schools can be compared to private schools. They have the same type of funding. It is much more difficult to teach for example 300 pupils in one science lab at a time, than 30 pupils at a time with 4 science labs. If you look at the report (it can be found on the DBE website), it is the Quintile 1,2 and 3 schools that bring the numbers down and they are normally in the country side like Limpopo and Mpumalanga. It is also much more difficult to study in a one or two room sink house sharing with 8 others than in a study on the second story with Mozart in the background.

      rapatla - 2011-01-06 10:19

      @Sean, I am told that nowadays "we" dont examine what the learner can pass but what the learner understand.According to "them", exams are not suppose to be a secret , so I dont understand why everybody is concerned with the pass rate.Please people get the objective.....or are you all not learned(educated in the olden days).

      wcslater - 2011-01-06 10:42

      @with respect...regardless if a child is walking 2 hours to school in the rain with hardly any food, the child should earn his/her marks and pass on merit not because you feel sorry for him/her even though it's sad.

      with respect - 2011-01-06 11:36

      @ wcslater, I agree with you 100%. Passes should be on merit. My point though is that we are quick to label students who fail or just pass as stupid, when in fact the context of their schooling often explains the low marks and is no reflection on their intelligence. Had I not attended an expensive private school I am sure I'd have achieved far poorer results. So again, well done to the students! Let's give them all the support we can.

  • antonbar - 2011-01-06 07:40

    Yeah, right. It's a miracle. There was a strike and SWC 2010, but miraculously the pass rate improved by 11%. So clearly, the fewer classes the children attend, the better they do. Accordingly they should give all SADTU teachers paid leave for the entire 2011, which will lead to the pass rate increasing to 99.99%, with those able to spell their own names correctly getting 105%. If you believe that this huge improvement is possible without major cooking of the books, you clearly also believe in alien abductions and the Easter Bunny.

      Natsumi - 2011-01-06 08:16

      What, the Easter Bunny isn't real? Say it isn't so!!!!

      sandrak - 2011-01-06 08:20

      or they could relieve 10% of the teachers of their duties - maybe the 10% that doesnt do anything anyway...!

  • WesGeek - 2011-01-06 07:42

    This is ridicules and they call it an achievement. I suppose for the government of today anything is an achievement. Out children is struggling with the low grade of education and dropping like flies in university. Everything is in a mess. The only way to go is private school and to be honest, who can afford it these days. Instead of the youth league trying to play house in SA, why not do something constructive for once instead of kissing games and DO something about the level of education. We need to build SA and the only way is with education and hard work, but then again, we have the ANC as example.

  • noxcleva - 2011-01-06 07:42

    The minority is shocked with the increase Minister, they think the majority of blacks in public schools are just plain stupid to get that pass rate. Congratulations were in place to private schools just two days ago from them. typical minority. Well done to the class of 2010..... Private or Public schools

      callan - 2011-01-06 07:55

      Congratulations to the private schools were justfied - their results were audited beyond reproach. I wouldnt trust the "adjusted" results for the public schools from the gov if my life depended on it...!! Anyway, good luck to all the pupils, public or privat!

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 10:05

      Noxcleva, any of the stats can be verified. Pick a school, look at the report's figure, phone the school and ask them for the number off students written 7 subjects and how many passed. Then work out the percentage. The reason why they keep the '7 subjects' apart from the fewer subjects is because it won't be fair to campare a 7 subject student to a 5 subject student. Well done to all matriculants.

  • Whale - 2011-01-06 07:43

    What a joke! The sooner "they" realise that the education focus must start from grade 1 - and not manipulating matric results, the better. South Africa is supposedly the economic leader in Africa but for how long?

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 10:09

      Any proof to support your statement? Normally when we comment we post proof for our statements. If it is so easy to manipulate results, how do you know the private schools are not doing it? The better the passrate the more students, the more students the more money the school makes. The more money the private school makes the more exclusive and elite they can become which means the more rich, influencial parents they can get.

      lldoidge - 2011-01-06 12:03

      "Any proof to support your statement? Normally when we comment we post proof for our statements. " Picasso. How come I have NEVER seen proof of your statement?

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 12:30

      IIdoige moron, please show me where I've stated something without proof to back it up?

      Zinki - 2011-01-06 15:04

      Actually, Whale, the education should start at preschool. It's vital to lay a good foundation and study ethic from a very young age. They should make preschool, especially reception year, compulsory!

  • rasivht - 2011-01-06 07:45

    I wonder why u people are being so negative!!!! Learn to appreciate the hard work of the kids. The results gat nothing to do with the ruling party. Racial tendencies!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrants 2010 matrics

      ntokozoe - 2011-01-06 07:53

      no the thing is, the teachers let the kids down this time around. there was a long winter break and the strike to make things worse for the kids. We should have less strike this year and all the teachers must strive to make the results better more especaily for african children.

      timmarles - 2011-01-06 08:00

      what planet are you on? of course it has everything to do with the ruling party, it’s their responsibility to ensure a good standard of education, no doubt you voted for these ANC idiots, you made your bed you best lie in it and accept the poor results.

      rasivht - 2011-01-06 08:04

      I agree with u on that but lots of comments here are of racial issues. I think lots of whites commenting on ths site were going to be very happy if the pass rate had dropped to 30%. Ths kids were well aware of all those obstacles and they took it upon themselves to work more harder.

      Zoolie - 2011-01-06 08:13

      @ntokozoe so the white kids aren`t part of africa?, you freaking racist. people like is keeping this country back

      callan - 2011-01-06 08:23

      @rasivht, my negativity has nothing to do with race or racism...the problem is that you simply cannot rely on any statistics trotted out by our Government. The poor kids get let down twice, first with substandard education, then with "massaged" results that mislead them into thinking they have the qualifications...sad

      Jacques - 2011-01-06 08:26

      What hard work?BULLS$%#T! I've seen several matriculants this year doing NOTHING.No Studying,taking days off from school etc.

      Bushhy - 2011-01-06 09:02

      @Zoolie the biggest racist ever,everybody is entitled to their opinions,looser...

      Warren - 2011-01-06 09:19

      Being dumb and only having to achieve 30% to pass has nothing to do with the ruling party? Wipe the racist crap out of your eyes and see that there is a real problem in our country's future calling the race card wont fix it, it just makes it worse. Appreciate 30% to pass..never. 30% is too low and poses a problem in the business sector with people flooding the market that are not competent to hold down a job. When these people loose there jobs I suppose you will pull the race card again.

      rasivht - 2011-01-06 09:30

      Do u guys have proof that the results were massaged? Shame on u guys!!!!!

      Zoolie - 2011-01-06 09:48

      @bushy you started the pickering m8, suck it up.

      IceBlaster - 2011-01-06 10:38

      @Rasivht, "Sishi said nine subjects had been adjusted upwards and 10 had been adjusted downwards." That means the results were manupulated into what they wanted them to be.

  • jhnboden - 2011-01-06 07:47

    Lets see what the results are broken down by province. That should tell us a thing or two. Shocking none the less. Oh well those that failed can always get another chaans!

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 10:12

      The results is broken down by province, look for the report on DBE's website.

      Will2.0 - 2011-01-06 12:46

      And WC didn't come out tops, like I'm sure you were implying! But that's probably because we didn't lie about our results like the ANC lead provinces, right?

  • photonic - 2011-01-06 07:49

    What a joke! Thank goodness I can afford to send my children to a private school. 98% matric pass rate but more importantly it is recognised around the world. Sadly the certificate the public schools children get isn't worth the paper it's written on! And of course, rather than try and get public schools to the standard of private schools, Cosatu want to shut down the private schools. Go figure...........

  • ntokozoe - 2011-01-06 07:51

    This is not a remarkeable achievement. I think at least 90% will do.

  • Zip23 - 2011-01-06 07:53

    sjoe, its not brilliant by any stretch of the imagination. to think these plonkers will someday hopefully get work and pay taxes to support government expenditure. it will all come full circle in the end.

      klaas sebaas - 2011-01-06 14:27

      See jz is also happy- maybe it's so easy now, even he can get his matric

  • Patrick - 2011-01-06 07:54

    Sorry I dont buy this one! When things are not going you way, just lower your standards...............These results are bogus, in that the students,sorry learners, sorry non-learners, are being marked more leaniently!

      Granny - 2011-01-06 08:13

      Precisely - I believe that only 30% is required to pass a subject. In my day 30% would have got me a fat slap around the ears from both parents and teachers, never mind a pass.

  • Adrian - 2011-01-06 07:58

    I bet you the "teachers" at the 18 schools which didn't gain a single pass will be the first to strike and complain this year. Its time that the Ed Dept man-up , get out of your fancy BMW's and sort out this mess. Congrats to all successful students

  • Faahim - 2011-01-06 07:58

    67.8% and this is an achievement, HOW? Wasn't the standard of education lowered to accommodate our lazy students and teachers? And still they cannot achieve a higher result. I already feel the non-black students(Distinction Achievers) sorry, As BEE might just work against them. Anyway, Congrats to the students who really worked their asses off.

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 10:20

      If the non-black students get their distinctions they should go over seas I'll say. They can have wonderfull lifes out there building the dream careers that you won't have here as a non-black under the ANC.

  • Yala - 2011-01-06 07:58

    Since when is 68% good? That means almost a third of the kids didn't make it! I don't know what the results are in other countries but to celebrate mediocrity can never be a good thing. And now people wonder why a minority of people control the majority of economic activity! Simply because the rest can hardly write their names so to speak. We should aim for a 85% pass rate.

      Themba Hlats - 2011-01-06 09:46

      we are not saying its good, but we are celebrating the fact that we have improved by 7 percent. we are not there yet but we have made a considerable improvements.

  • Alan - 2011-01-06 07:59

    Somebody please help with the calculations for my benefit. 364513 passed, 643546 wrote - I don't get the 67.8%. Thanks.

      amc.loubser - 2011-01-06 08:29

      @Alan, I completely agree with you there that the figures do not match up.... By my calculation the pass rate according to the published figures should be in the region of 56%. If this is the way we are going, then I really do not have a lot of hope for the future. These "Candidates" have to find a job and pay taxes??? They don't even know how to spell the word. I can't wait to see what 2011 will deliver... hahaha

      TruthHurts - 2011-01-06 08:33

      You're right! The pass rate really is 56.6%!

      nothingman - 2011-01-06 08:45

      Then the pass rate should be 56,7%, looks like the announced results were worked out using the number of candidates who wrote all seven subjects. I however am not sure if the 364,5k passes only relate to the students who wrote all 7 subjects. Just shows how pathetic our education is if Management at the Dept of Education, can not perform a simple percentage calculation.

      kosheek.maharaj - 2011-01-06 08:45

      i agree with u, some one is doing their maths incorrectly

      Zip23 - 2011-01-06 08:50

      People, only 537543 pupils wrote all the subjects, thus making it 364513 out of 537543. Duh.

      cervezab - 2011-01-06 08:55

      @Alan - "There were 643 546 candidates who sat for the exams, of whom 537 543 wrote all seven subjects" so apparently 105 913 peoples just sat there, maybe they were illiterate but were not allowed to go play till school is over, or maybe there is some new system in our education that does not count you if you give up (don't try) just like when you are not actively looking for a job you are not considered unemployed

      Zoolie - 2011-01-06 09:42

      @Zip23 and what about the 100 000. didn`t they write matric. Is there another certificate that they apply for. No my friend. Take the number of pupils that was in matric last year and do the maths then, you cant pick and chose what is to be added to make it seem better.

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 10:32

      OK, I'm also confused. I have the report here infront of me, and it shows 537 543 students that wrote and not 643 546 as stated in the article.

      Zip23 - 2011-01-06 10:40

      @ Zoolie, If the 100000 odd didnt write the full exam, they will be writing supplementary exams later, thus they havnt finished yet. Would be unfair to put them into the equasion as they neither failed or passed yet. This is actually maths people. One egg and one apple doesnt make two apples.

      jwill - 2011-01-06 10:57

      It's possible that the "other" 100 000 odd pupils were people that split their Gr 12 year, thereby only writing some exams now...the rest next year. Could also include pupils that didn't make it 2008 and re-did some subjects. Either way, it's creating a bottle-neck in the system....there's an extra 100 000 that's going to add to crowded class rooms next year.

      jwill - 2011-01-06 10:58

      I meant "didn't make it in 2009"

      rapatla - 2011-01-06 11:17

      Okay takes everyone of you 3 hours to figure out why the numbers do not add up but you want to claim that the standard of education is poor.Please..go cry somewhere else..not here.It took me 2 minutes to identify where the numbers got mixed up. total candidates = 643 546 total wrote = 537 543 total pass = 364 513 How much % pass = ??? 67.8%

      lldoidge - 2011-01-06 12:33

      Thanks Einstein Rapatla! So why didn't the other 100 write? Read the article again. It said they ALL wrote.

      lldoidge - 2011-01-06 12:34

      Sorry, meant to be 100 000

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 13:01

      Ildoige, serious dude, you must learn to read "There were 643 546 candidates who sat for the exams, of whom 537 543 wrote all seven subjects", the other didn't write 7 subject, get it?

  • Psyborge616 - 2011-01-06 08:00

    Rubbish!! Propaganda!!

      orionangel - 2011-01-06 10:59


      Wilfred - 2011-01-06 11:21

      A typical white racist with no sense of belonging to a country that have made you what you are. Why don't you migrate?

      lldoidge - 2011-01-06 12:35

      Wifred, animals migrate! Off you go mate!

  • Cyril - 2011-01-06 08:00

    C Khozeni SA can do better if all is done in a transparent manner, lets not call this as an achievement but an improvement i guese. a lot still need to be done. Professional educators need to be hired not this thing of favouritism.

  • byline - 2011-01-06 08:03

    Somethings smells fishy here. Yesterday the prediction was all doom and gloom and now suddenly we have a 11% increase on last year's pass rate. Looks suspicious - perhaps doctored to fit in with the department's "target"?

      AloninSA - 2011-01-06 08:33

      The reports I heard yesterday from the MEC of education were actually positive...

      jwill - 2011-01-06 11:00

      The negative reports came from education analysts/specialists at Wits (amongst others). They didn't predict any major changes in the pass rate from 2009.

  • Tyronne McCrindle - 2011-01-06 08:03

    The only thing remarkable about 67.8% of students getting above 30% is how poor this actually is. We should not be congratulating ourselves, but asking how we can improve our education system. I am not impressed.

  • pscyberpete32 - 2011-01-06 08:04

    Where can we get copies of the exam papers, I'd like to try my hand at writing them without studying and use it as a benchmark.

      IceBlaster - 2011-01-06 08:52

      Goverment websites

      Sari224 - 2011-01-08 11:36 -> school infomation -> general schools -> Grade 12 -> National Senior Certificate -> Exam Papers

  • Johnny - 2011-01-06 08:06

    Well done !!! Now we can drink Johnny-Black mixed with Moet, as we celebrate! I think HUGE bonuses are in order -- for all. They worked so hard in order for this to happen. Doesn't really mean anything that the 'lernas' know sweet f-all, as long as the 'numbas' are up.

  • natasyav - 2011-01-06 08:06

    Unimpressive. More action should be taken with regards to the teaching methods. I don't see how the problem lies with the pupil. Give them teachers who want to teach and who are passionate about the subject their teaching, and then you will see even better results.

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 10:39

      The problem lies with the teachers, if a school get a 0% pass mark it is just bad teaching or lack of interrest from all parties, it is the teacher's job to make the subject interesting for the pupil. Teaching is not a calling anymore.

  • Zoolie - 2011-01-06 08:08

    correct me if i`m wrong. but i get 56.6% not 67.8 according to there numbers.

      Alan - 2011-01-06 08:33

      That's why I asked for help earlier on. I got the same, 56.6%...... Maybe my calc method is out, so any explanation would be much appreciated. I definitely wouldn't redo Maths........

      kosheek.maharaj - 2011-01-06 08:45

      u are write as per the dept stats

      ArtGee - 2011-01-06 09:00

      You too will get 67,8% ONLY if you are from the "Class of 2010"! From any other year, you will get 56,6%. 2010 learners have a different way of calculating percentages!

      Zoolie - 2011-01-06 09:11

      what shocks me is that the department of education also got 67%.

      Serias - 2011-01-06 09:31

      Its because the people in the Dept of Education also came through the ANC governed and state run school system. Thus no surprise that they cannot work out the percentages correctly. Duuuh!!! But we live in a country where our president doesn't even have matric.

      Bushhy - 2011-01-06 09:38

      and who died and made u the maths expert...

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 10:41

      See my post above, according to the report infront of me the numbers are: Total Wrote: 537 543, Total Achieved: 364 513, Something went wrong or with the minister's speech, or with the reporting.

  • the_watcher - 2011-01-06 08:08

    Don't buy it... Not with all the time lost - too much of an "improvement" - if something seems to good to be true then it probably is.... Have a little manipulation why don't we??

  • Peter - 2011-01-06 08:09

    Eets reemarkabel but then wea no wea only has too scor tirty pecent too pass and nex yir wea are dyrecters in the govermunt. Yipppeeee

  • AGENT - 2011-01-06 08:09

    This is quite a shame, ministers are not setting examples, they treat the law with disregard. Now they wanna sugarcoat shit matic results for us, the fact remains that even if you are going to gold plate shit ..... it stays shit. I see communist Russia undertones in our country and the people in charge of it....... that turned out to be a massive failure. Go read a history book, or get some one to read it to you. The only constant thing in the world these days is inconsistancy.

  • scorpio - 2011-01-06 08:11

    For the Dept of Education to say that a 67.8% pass rate is a "remarkable achievement", is beyond me. The Dept has failed the pupils. Anyway, congrats to the 2010 Matriculants. What they will realise soon enough is that their "education" will count for nothing. I hope that most of them realise they need to continue and get a real education behind them. As for the Dept of Education you guys get a E - .

  • modefan - 2011-01-06 08:12

    '...23.5% obtained university entrance, up from 19.9%.'...means almost 80% of the country is stupid, and since majority rules in a democracy, the stupid 80% will always vote for the wrong party

      scorpio - 2011-01-06 08:24

      LOL too true

      Johnny - 2011-01-06 08:28

      There is difference between 'stoopid' and lazy. I was lazy . . . (can kick my ass for that)

      Bushhy - 2011-01-06 09:11

      will forever vote for that wrong party, and be stupid as you've put it,than voting for a white party..until Jesus comes... "wrong party" will rule forever until the morons like yourself are completely gone from this country..i have more respect for the sh1t i take in the toilet than you and your buddy Scorpio...

      Serias - 2011-01-06 09:33 are really going to be surprised when Jesus comes!!!

      modefan - 2011-01-06 10:08

      @Busshy...I take it then that you fall under that 80%....well I don't! and I didn't say white, I meant stupid people make stupid decisions, lets face it, not everyone can be smart and as soon as people accept that and leave the thinking to the smart people, this country will be much better off

      Gazza Boy - 2011-01-06 12:48

      Bushy go back to the bush where you belong.

  • Jameel - 2011-01-06 08:12

    Would be good to see Matric results prior to 1994???

      DieOorlaET - 2011-01-06 10:57

      then.. exam questions were silly, i.e Die man kap die hout, Die hout word deur die man gekap. and with your extremist mentality you extremely believe that was real education. sorry i didn't mean to hurt you!

  • Mninawe - 2011-01-06 08:12

    Ngumsebenzi omhle oncomekayo kodwa ke akwanele kusekuninzi ekufuneka kweziwe. Umahluko wona uyabonakala namalinge enziwayo anegalelo.

  • IceBlaster - 2011-01-06 08:14

    "643 546 candidates sat for the exams" and "364 513 pupils passed their exams"??? That is not 67% like they claim it is 57% therefor the passrate went down.

      scorpio - 2011-01-06 08:26

      dyslexia ? LOL

      DonkeyKong - 2011-01-06 08:29

      You are spot on - the 67.8% is based on the "537 543 wrote all seven subjects" !!!

      kosheek.maharaj - 2011-01-06 08:39

      thats what i just figured out.....

      DonkeyKong - 2011-01-06 08:49

      I have emailed eTV ... look forward to see how Ms Patta responds

      IceBlaster - 2011-01-06 08:55

      HaHa, Sometimes

  • halfblueape - 2011-01-06 08:25

    As one of the "old school" in this country, I am amazed at the positive attitude of "rasivht". To take these results (based on lower standards) as a remarkable achievement is a joke. However, it reassures me that my education is likely to keep me financially secure for the rest of my time in our deteriorating country. Depressing but reality.

      cervezab - 2011-01-06 09:01

      according to the results more matrics qualify for University as well, so unless the university has also lowered their standards there has been an improvement over last year

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 10:47

      Precisely, so enjoy the 'old school' advantage and be positive.

      jwill - 2011-01-06 11:07

      Cerv, University Standards have got nothing to do with receiving Matric's calculated on your total scores. Those that did receive University clearance actually now have to write some entrance exam to see if they are accepted at University. The very worrisome fact (according to varsity stats) is this: Increasing numbers of first year students do not make it at varsity....and it's not because varsity standards have increased. There's something huge wrong with the standards of our schools!!! Interesting: I've spoken to a few high school teachers and it would seem that the curriculum approach is changing (again) to what it was prior to the OBE....what does that tell you? The government completely re-invented the wheel when they unnecessarily re-did the whole Education system in this the detriment of the pupils.

  • Bull - 2011-01-06 08:25

    Too bad the racial divide in this debate. Too bad we can't communicate in a civilized way. That aside, I do not believe these figures for one single moment. Pass rates have been cooked before.

  • Lerapo - 2011-01-06 08:27

    The 7 percent increase is very, very steep and VERY dodgy. If the IEB (Well managed education sector) results only improved by 2 percent - which is realistic - how come the government (mismanaged, useless education sector)improved by 7 percent? This can only serve to further hurt the jittery quality of our education system and will as such improve chances of our country going don the drain.

  • Legless - 2011-01-06 08:27

    A Thundering Disgrace! How can the minister with smug self congratulations, announce that her department is happy that nearly one third of the matric students failed? Quite apart from the dropout rate, how can it be okay for the education department to champion over 20% failure in Gauteng? Compare the less than 2% failure rate in results out last Monday from the private schools- hang your collective, lazy heads in shame.

  • Ederik - 2011-01-06 08:29

    364513 from 643546 candidates passed. That is 56,64%. So just over half the pupils got 30% or more! Remarkable, I would say pathetic!

  • Homer - 2011-01-06 08:31

    Im sure most matriculants with 6 A's won't be able to pass an Engineering degree in 4 years. In the past a C aggregate was enough to get you into the Engineering Faculty and you could still get your BEng within 4 years. Standards have dropped dramatically and we are supposed to gloat about this. Not good for the future of SA. This is the reason for the shortage of real skills in technology.

  • kosheek.maharaj - 2011-01-06 08:32

    There were 18 schools where no pupils passed and 504 schools that achieved a 100% pass rate. there are 6400 secondary schools in SA with 3.5m learners and 642 000 wrote

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 10:49

      No dude, this is just matriculants that they've included in this report, not all students of all grades.

  • Sbongile - 2011-01-06 08:32

    When will the black government realise that only education can "mend" the unjustices of the past. 90% of white children still get the best education, most of them are in private schools. With a 98% pass rate this means better job opportunities for them, they will be studying for degrees in science and technology areas. And what about the poor blacks? 67% pass rate, most of them don't have university exemptions, no job prospects. The cycle of poverty continues. Most will resort to crime, drugs, prostitution, etc. The ANC continues to fail us! Nkosi sikelela iAfrica.

      Natsumi - 2011-01-06 08:56

      I agree with you on this one. Education is the key. My mother is a teacher for Gr 4 - 6 for Math and Science. She tries to instill the love for maths and science in these kids because these subjects will get them University exemption and such. Yes it may be a private school but it does not have a single white kid. Another thing that I see happening that kids are no longer getting 'voorligting' in high school. Career counseling and such. They are no longer imparted the importance of subjects like math and science and accounting on higher grade. These things will get you the chance to get a tertiary education. I think there are too few teacher in the public sector that have the strength and the ability to get these kids to achieve things. And one other thing - some parents expect teachers to discipline kids and teach them how to behave. Which is NOT the teacher job at all. My mother complains daily about kids that are unmanageable and parents that really don't give a hoot about it when they are contacted in this regard. And this i am certain applies to white and black and coloured kids. If teachers have to deal with crap like this daily its a wonder that they still go to work. Maybe parents should start laying a better foundation of values, morals and manners with their kids as well. And not just throw money at it and hope the kid and the problem goes away.

      AGENT - 2011-01-06 10:52

      @SBONGILE - I absolutely agree with you, I'm a white South African and am appauld at the way the government is treating it's own support base, it's sad that mister Mandela went through what he went through and conquered, just to have things abused the way they are now. I wait to see the day that the people who voted these officials into office relize that they can change it by the way they vote, vote smartly. Remember we are dealing with politicians here (black and white) and politicians will say anything to get your vote, very few actually do what they say in the end, they just sugercoat everything and do there utmost at protecting there lives of luxury and to hell with everyone else, this happens all over the world. Politicians in general are the Cancer of the human race.

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-01-07 00:20

      You must gather all your friends who understand the value of education as you do, and together you must use your ballot to remove those who fail you. Until you do this, you will be compelled to make your own provision for education as best you can. You do not have to be taught in order to learn, but I'm sure this year's matrics know this better than any of us.

  • Thomas - 2011-01-06 08:32

    Why is it that white people are always blamed for being racist, yet it's usually black people who brings it up? Are you insecure in yourself when you do this? It's a projection of something inherent... As for the 67.8% pass rate - this poor country will just continue having a crippled balance in tax payers vs money leechers not contributing to the economy

  • CF - 2011-01-06 08:32

    Who cares, they need to study further in order to really add value to society!

  • DonkeyKong - 2011-01-06 08:34

    As per comment raised by IceBlaster, the pass rate is 57% and not 67% ... the number of passes ("364 513 pupils passed their exams") has been expressed as a percentage of the "537 543 that wrote all seven subjects" and not the "643 546 candidates who sat for the exams" Am I missing something here?? !!!

  • Ederik - 2011-01-06 08:35

    Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga obviously never had mathematics at school!

      DonkeyKong - 2011-01-06 08:59

      I watched the good Minister doing her press release this morning ... and am sure she said that the pass rate was 6.7% (even though the FIFA type card & envelope had 67.8% printed on it) Can anyone please tell me what it really is? Better still if anyone can post her release to YOUTUBE, we will all know for sure

      Andrew Maher - 2011-01-06 09:25

      Apparantly she never took English either, did you hear her on the radio? Astonishingly poor grammar for a minister, never mind one of "Education."

  • Wayne - 2011-01-06 08:37

    The Figures stated in the article actually equate to a 56.64% pass rate. I wonder who calculated the original figures??? 643 546 sat the exams, only 364 513 passed. Can you do the math?

      IandI - 2011-01-06 09:03

      The 67.8% is calculated using calculators imported from Cuba(made in 1944).You can do anything with stats to present a "rosy" picture.It's called smoke and mirrors.Same as saying there's only 250 000 ilegal Zimbabweans in South Africa, not 3 million as estimated by bloody counter-revolutionary imperialist agents!

      Gaanake - 2011-01-06 09:17

      What calculators are you using? If the Easter bunny says it's 67%, it is 67%.

  • william.botha - 2011-01-06 08:37

    Funny how this kind of news always end up in a race debate.