Matrics 'have a long way to go'

2013-01-03 12:30
(File)

(File) (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

Higher matric results 2012

2013-01-03 09:35

The national pass rate had increased to 73.9 percent. That's a 3.7 percent improvement from 2011.WATCH

Johannesburg - The improvement in the matric pass rate is to be commended, but there is still a long way to go in promoting education in South Africa, a number of organisations said on Thursday.

"[The] improvement in the matric pass rate [is] positive, but many 'born frees' [born post 1994] [have been] lost along the way," civil rights body Equal Education said.

On Wednesday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the matric pass rate in South Africa had improved in 2012, with 73.9% of grade 12 pupils passing their final exams.

The pass rate in 2011 was 70.2%.

Challenges

Equal Education said many schools still needed functioning libraries and basic amenities like electricity and running water.

"Due to shortages of qualified teachers, inadequate salaries and a lack of incentives to attract teachers into poor communities, schools often have large classes."

The organisation gave the example of Khayelitsha, in Cape Town, where it claimed between 50 to 60 students were sometimes in one class.

The African National Congress commended the 2012 matric class on its "sterling performance".

Party spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said that the improvement vindicated the basic education department's strategies.

Mthembu said young people could help the country by studying.

"We call on the tertiary education institutions to ensure that these matriculants get the necessary help to enrol."

Quality

Secretary of the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa), Dennis George, said concerns remained about the quality of schooling in South Africa.

"The standard of basic education is not up to scratch," he said in a statement.

"Our union members working in the tertiary education sector continually complain about the standard of first-year students enrolled at our universities."

George said it seemed pressure to produce good results had led to a drop in standards.

"This, then, would be nothing more than a hollow victory."

The federation believed the skills taught in schools were "too academic".

"Our economy demands artisans and those with technical skills."

The ANC in the North West "jubilantly" welcomed the results.

"[We] are overjoyed with the improvement in our overall national results."

Drop-out rates

Provincial spokesperson Kenny Morolong, however, said the party was concerned about the drop-out rate of pupils.

"We vow to pay attention to this unacceptable phenomenon during this academic year."

The African Christian Democratic Party's Chief Whip, Cheryllyn Dudley, said the 2012 results "did not disappoint".

"First year 'born-free' matriculants have certainly made their mark, as 29 000 more learners than last year passed."

Dudley said the emphasis now had to be on ensuring fewer children dropped out before matric.

United

She said all political parties were united on education.

"We are on the same side - the side of South Africa and all her people."

The Democratic Alliance Youth was encouraged by the improved pass rates in mathematics and physical science.

"These are key skills needed to grow the economy and create jobs," federal DA youth leader Makashule Gana said.

Meanwhile the National Congress of School Governing Bodies' secretary-general, Monokoane Hlobo, said they welcomed Motshekga's announcement that she was establishing a task team to look at the matter of students' names being published next to their results in newspapers.

- SAPA
Read more on:    education  |  matric
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
22 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!
This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!
This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be emotionally defensive or reserved today. You need to step up today as there may be extra responsibilities to deal with....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.