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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%.

Comments
  • Zander - 2012-01-04 19:58

    "said that 496 090 wrote the 2011 National Senior Certificate - some 41 443 fewer than in 2011." got to love News24, @least they are hiring all the writers who failed matric

      Cameron - 2012-01-04 21:40

      The report is correct although the grammar stinks. The total matriculants for 2011 was down 41 443 from the total for 2010. The writer could have mentioned the 2010 total.

      Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-04 22:15

      The writer assumes that you will be able to add the two numbers if you want the total for last year.

  • Phuti - 2012-01-04 19:58

    Education in this country is very poor;grade 12 who cannnot even read properly.

  • mathilde.duplessis - 2012-01-05 06:44

    Is everybody asleep. The mistake lies in the incorrect date!

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