Fewer full-time pupils wrote matric

2012-01-04 19:00

Pretoria - More than 40 000 fewer full-time pupils wrote the 2011 matric examination compared to the previous year.

Bobby Soobrayan, director general of basic education, said that 496 090 wrote the 2011 National Senior Certificate - some 41 443 fewer than in 2011.

Soobrayan was speaking ahead of the official announcement of the annual matric results.

Last year there was a 67.8% matric pass rate.

Without releasing the much anticipated result, Soobrayan said he believed that the education system was "stabilising".

To obtain a pass, a pupil must achieve 40% in his or home language as well as 40% in two other subjects and three subjects at 30%.

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