Matric standards to be probed

2012-11-03 10:07
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga. (File, Sapa)

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga. (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is planning on probing the standard of the current matric pass benchmark, the Saturday Star reported.

Her decision followed warnings by leading academics that the standard of the National Senior Certificate was "deceptive, consigning thousands to a life that promised neither further education nor employment".

The investigation to be conducted by a ministerial committee was published in the government gazette this week and entailed conducting comparative studies of the promotion requirement in other countries.

Motshekga also wanted the committee to decide whether life orientation should not be a non-examinable subject.

Motshekga's spokesperson Hope Mokgatlhe confirmed the probe saying the minister wanted it to start in 2013.

Matric admission to bachelor studies required a pass in four subjects at 50% and the remaining subjects at 30% provided the home language was passed at 40% and the language of learning and teaching at 30%.

The World Economic Forum this week ranked South Africa last in a survey of 62 countries' quality of maths and science education, the paper reported.

- SAPA
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