Education system responding to Caps - Naptosa

2015-01-06 09:00

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Johannesburg - The drop in the 2014 national matric pass rate to 75.8 percent shows the system is responding to the new curriculum, teachers' union Naptosa said on Monday.

"The decrease in the overall pass rate from 78.2% to 75.8% in 2014, whilst disconcerting, does demonstrate the integrity of the system in responding to the changing demands of the Caps curriculum," National Professional Teachers Organisation of SA president Basil Manuel said in a statement.

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The Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (Caps) replaced Outcomes-Based Education.

"The real focus should be on the quality of passes," he said.

Naptosa was concerned by the decline in the quality of passes, particularly the decline in bachelors' passes, to 28.3% in 2014 from 30.6% in 2013.

"This suggests a decrease in the number of learners who qualify for entry into higher education institutions," said Manuel.

Naptosa acknowledged that in pursuing greater quality the department had changed the content of certain subjects, especially mathematics, and the cognitive pitch of others, which affected the overall results.

"That only approximately 42.5% (532 553) of the cohort of the 1 252 071 learners who enrolled in Grade One in 2003 sat for the 2014 [matric] examination is distressing," said Manuel.

"In 2013 there were 797 304 Grade 11 learners. Where have the 264 751 (33.2%) learners gone?" he asked.

"We are doing the children of South Africa a great injustice."

Naptosa's Free State CEO Louwrens Strydom said the initial decrease in the national pass rate should be followed in the coming years with increased results, and better quality.

The union expressed concern with teachers not making use of training opportunities, and the lack of appointments to key positions at schools in the Free State.

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