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More Cape matrics qualify for university

2012-01-05 18:00

Cape Town - The number of matrics who qualified for university bachelor degrees increased significantly in the Western Cape in 2011, Education MEC Donald Grant said on Thursday.

More children in the province now had access to schools staffed with qualified teachers who were present, prepared and using texts, he told reporters at his office in Cape Town.

Schools were also being managed by competent and accountable principals.

"In 2011, we significantly increased the number of candidates who achieved access to bachelor degree study.

"This significant achievement indicates that the education system is maturing and the quality of education in the Western Cape is steadily improving."

The results show that 801 more pupils qualified for bachelor degree study in the province in 2011 compared to 2010.

The number had steadily increased over the last three years. The total number eligible had increased from 14 324 in 2009 to 15 215 in 2011.

The pass rate for the province increased from 76.8% to 82.9% in 2011, making it the best performing province in the country, ahead of Gauteng.

Grant said there had also been a significant improvement in the number of "A" symbols attained in 2011 compared to 2010.

He was particularly pleased with Imizamo Yethu Secondary in Thembalethu, George, which improved its pass rate from 27% in 2010 to 82% in 2011.

Masiyele Secondary School improved its pass rate from 34% in 2010 to 86.8% in 2011.

Some 68.7% of candidates passed mathematics, compared to 66% in 2010, while 65.3% passed physical science.

Grant said a top priority for the province was to reduce the number of schools achieving a percentage pass rate of less than 60%.

Comments
  • fargone - 2012-01-05 18:27

    Was it really about access to schools with better teachers? Or was it because the Western Cape is just more organized and the education system there is less corrupt than anywhere else in the country?

      Francois - 2012-01-05 22:48

      I fail to spot the difference between "access to better schools with better teachers" and "just more organised. Excuse the pun on "fail". Then the absolute tragedy of it all is that this matrich is such a watered down qualification that Zuma and Malema will get Matric without studying and so would PW Botha if he was still alive. If you want are the best of the worst in the world, it means that the WC now has the ninth worst education system in the Africa and I know it is not a fair comparison as the province does not set the curriculum, but let us please stop bragging. The best looking leper is guess what - still a leper.

  • Abisali - 2012-01-05 18:45

    Minister: please confirm that no non-ethnic blacks with great results will be denied access to university to make place for ethnic blacks with lesser results. I look forward to your response. Cape Town is just sick of this racist practice.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-05 19:10

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      Burtfred - 2012-01-05 19:19

      Comrade, you are a very confused puppy. You swamp the DA with vivas, but your avatar is full-on ANC. Huh?

  • Moss Mphahlele - 2012-01-05 19:15

    & the rotten apples will start politicizing the issue!! Why stay in a country you hate so much???

      Lawrence - 2012-01-05 19:32

      idiot

  • Lesley - 2012-01-05 19:19

    And what sort of degrees do they qualify for? BA degrees?

  • Mkulisi - 2012-01-05 19:40

    Well I guess all my EC people will just have to WC then.

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-05 19:44

    WC gets 82% and people hail DA for job well done. Gauteng with all its many problems gets 81% with twice the number of candidates compared to WC but nobody makes mention of ANC rightly so because this is not about politics

      Burtfred - 2012-01-05 21:57

      And your point is?

  • marcandre.daniels - 2012-01-05 20:25

    To hell with the DA, or the ANC, or whatever minister or party that takes credit for this result. It was I -- a hard-working teacher -- and all my colleagues across the province that made this result possible. I don't thin anyone outside of the teaching profession has any idea the conditions we work under, esp. in township schools: no culture of learning; kids threatening your safety; management expecting you to compromise your integrity so the WCED looks good; no support from parents; officials shifting blame onto hard-working teachers; an employer that vilifies its workers...It's a wonder teachers still remain in the profession! And the poor kids -- they make it through, in spite of all the "interventions" and self-indulgent speeches by ministers basking in the glory of others' hard work & achievements. And don't even let me get started on the "quality" of the product we send out into the labour market! The whole education process in this country is a farce! Ask any teacher....

      kathy.abrahams - 2012-01-05 21:35

      at last.....the truth.

      Stephen - 2012-01-05 22:06

      they keep dropping the standards!

  • DjCapiche - 2012-01-05 22:02

    Amongst the playful banter lets takes the time to congratulation the Teachers of the Western for their admirable effort. #salute!

  • stevefortuin - 2012-01-05 22:58

    I'm glad to see that there is good progress wrt comparing one year to the next. However I still question the standard. Does a pass mark of 30% really equip your kid with the necessary skills to be successful at university?

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