IFP Youth questions matric quality
Cape Town - The Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade welcomed the 70.2% matric pass rate on Wednesday but questioned the quality of the National Senior Certificate.
"I am happy that the matric pass rate has stabilised... but I am somewhat concerned about the quality of the actual pass," national chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said.
He questioned whether the certificate would equip pupils with the right skills to excel at tertiary education institutions.
Of concern was the high dropout rate of first year students at such institutions, he said. A total of 348 117 pupils passed their exams. Of these, 24.3% obtained university entrance.
The national pass rate was 67.8% in 2010.
In 2009, the pass rate was 60.7%.