Umalusi explains matric adjustments

2011-02-23 12:36

Pretoria - The results of nine 2010 exam papers set by the Eksamenraad vir Christelike Onderwys (Erco) were adjusted by Umalusi, the organisation said on Wednesday.

Accountancy, English first additional language, English home language, French second language, geography, mathematics, physical science and consumer studies were adjusted upwards. Civil technology was adjusted downwards.

Erco is the Examination Board for Christian Education.

Umalusi chairperson Sizwe Mabizela was presenting a lengthy explanation of when and how matric results were "standardised", following weeks of suspicion over the increase in last year's national matric pass rate and allegations that marks were inflated.

Last year, matrics had to contend with disruptions related to the Soccer World Cup and a public servants' strike during which many teachers abandoned their classrooms.


Umalusi conceded that not sharing its "quality assurance processes" could damage the integrity of the country's matric results.

Mabizela said Umlusi had "... realised that failure to share with the South African public the quality assurance processes and decisions of Umalusi will potentially cause irreparable damage to Umalusi and the quality it assures."

Mabizela said political pressure had not resulted in Umalusi adjusting matric pass rates.

"We do not have some magical pass rate that we want to achieve," he said.

He said "some so-called experts have taken the gap to peddle all manner of uninformed and ill-considered claims".

Mabizela said 75% of the matric mark was from the exam and 25% was from a class-based assessment.

  • Melly30 - 2011-02-23 12:38

    I knew it... hahahaha! What next??

  • durbsviking - 2011-02-23 12:48

    Matric marks have been adjusted for 45 years, no secret there. It is the manner and extent of the adjustments that is of concern. The secrecy around it is of real concern - when it is added to the call by SADTU to adjust the marks of "certain" students. The solution is for any person who wants to have a dredible matric to write the IEB exams. The standard is much higher, it is recognised world wide. The downside - either you have to write 2 matrics, or you have to go to a private school with the attendant costs. The other downside is that students with IEB passes get no recognition for the tougher exams when it comes to University admission - the points that accrue from the easier and upward adjusted government matric count for the same. Where can we get a copy of the real explanation. This article is just telling us that there WAS an explanation.

      durbsviking - 2011-02-23 13:04

      Eeeisch - I meant CREDIBLE not dredible. The current government matric is DREADible - must have been a Freudian Slip.

  • igno - 2011-02-23 12:50

    The fact that you are hiding something, AGAIN, tell me where there is smoke.......... Who are you trying to bullshit, and on top of it, you have adjusted the wrng subjects, maths, science, etc. I suppose your's were also adjusted to pass. The didderence is you have std 2, made std 1 twice!!!!

  • Smindlo - 2011-02-23 12:50

    a fail is a fail, that is any score below 50 in my book. so all the idiots who failed last year and had their marks adjusted upwards must go back to school. sick and tired of this affirmation shi@t.

  • ratex - 2011-02-23 12:51

    What utter BS. You adjusted the marks because Outcome Based Education does not work. You have lowered the pass % and even with this, more people are failing. This is just another f8ckup that we can thank the ANC for. So now we are going have a mass of undereducated kids trying to get jobs. Thanks for that, great job.

  • freddie van eyk - 2011-02-23 12:51

    All the distinctions explained.

      durbsviking - 2011-02-23 13:45

      Freddie - they seldom adjust the top marks from near distinctions to distinctions. They adjust the "Bell Curve" fat section to move near passes to passes. The people that get 10% (trust me - if happens, my housekeepers son got 1%, 9% and 11% for Science, Maths and English!!) also do not get an adjustment. I am not making excuses for anyone - my previous posting about the IEB credibility stands - but we do need to make sure we are not overestimating the issue, where marks have been adjusted (up and down) for years, certainly since before I wrote Matric in 1977 (@#$%@$%^). I feel for those Matric students that worked so hard for their 4, 5, 11 distinctions that now have their qualifications and efforts devalued because of lack of transparency. Amalusi should be fair to all the students and their parents by showing us the detail. It will save some reputations and also save some people the time, effort and money spent on failing at university!!

      CtheTruth - 2011-02-23 21:20

      @durbsviking: These people don't understand you because they don't want to. Anyone who's been through the system, be it IEB, University as well as board exams know that there's a bell curve adjustment made to all final marks before being released. But, if you want to only hear one thing, you will; the results being the inane comments on this forum.

  • Allin - 2011-02-23 12:58

    Umalusi should be renamed "I'm_a_loser"

  • Homer - 2011-02-23 13:00

    What integrity does the matric pass actually have that umalusi wishes to protect??

  • Orange - 2011-02-23 13:06

    To be fair, my matric marks were adjusted. And that was in 1993. BEFORE the ANC had a go at the education syllabus. It's a process that's been happening since there's been a matric, and it'll likely carry on long after we've passed on. There are proven statistical norms that results should adhere to. If they don't, something is wrong and the curve is adjusted. It's the way it's always been done. Storm in a teacup.

      Verbatim - 2011-02-23 13:39

      until that storm pilots a plane that flies into a mountain because that storm did not pass maths and were placed in that position because of AA.

      Brieuse - 2011-02-24 19:45

      That is correct. I'm also from Matric 1993. In that time, the year mark at the school also influenced the final results.

  • Sho Fukamachi - 2011-02-23 13:10

    "some so-called experts". So Mr Sizwe Mabizela, do you count as an "expert". Tell us all please, as we are all well aware of how standards are dropping through the floor in SA's education system. The only expert you are, is one in idiocracy. Go and waste someone else's time and money you piece of trash.

  • petrosjanuary - 2011-02-23 13:14

    What is the meaning of pass and fail? Who determines what passes and what fails, using what yardstick? If 40% is a fail in one subject why should it be a pass in another subject? So why bother testing them if we dont know what to use as a measure of passing and failing!!

  • Derick - 2011-02-23 13:19

    Adjust the scores... Adjust the crime rate... Adjust, adjust... Why not adjusting your attitude towards the taxpayer?

  • Alwyn - 2011-02-23 13:22

    Why bother going to school,the goverment will manupilate the results in order for all to pass,manupilating the system is in the Goverments instruction manual on corruption and nepotism

  • Derick - 2011-02-23 13:24

    This makes you wonder how fair elections will be in this country or will it be adjusted as well?

      Alwyn - 2011-02-23 13:34

      They dont need to manupilate the election results,they will cling on to power the same way as Gadafi and company,They will never allow another party to run the gravy train,Mugabe showed them how

      Felix - 2011-02-23 13:38

      Why adjust when you can just rig it from the start?

  • kgomo49 - 2011-02-23 13:38

    why not adjust results? it only fair.nobody complained when the private schools had a pass rate of 90%. I agree with the adjustment of marks 120%. Ihink it is our right as students, the government must make provision for us. after all, we are tommorows leaders.

      stuartgrantferguson - 2011-02-23 13:42

      ...and more than likely tomorrow's failures too.

      kgomo49 - 2011-02-23 13:47

      how can you say failure, on what do you base that on?your logic is stupid. i think it is fair to give everybody an equal chance. example, wht pass 1 student with 80% and fail another? that is not fair, everybody today is equall. stop living in the past, we are past 1994 now, everybody have equall rights now, but you keep on living in the past.

      Heibrin - 2011-02-23 14:04

      @kgomo49: Are you for real?? If I spent 3 hours a day after school studying my @ss off instead of being drunk, hanging around the shopping malls etc, and get 80%, then I deserve to get that, unlike the idiots who spent their time in the malls, and deserve to fail. YOUR logic is stupid. What the $#^%$# does equal rights have to do with studying and passing matric?? It is supposed to be a measure of one's knowledge, in other words, how much you learned at school!!

      durbsviking - 2011-02-23 14:09

      Then why bother with exams at all. Just pass them all. Then hope that you have the money to pay for all these people to try their hand at University. And please - if there is a god - let them provide us with leaders that have more logic than this argument. I want clever doctors, clever engineers, clever pilots. Not equal anything. The equals should be put in nice safe places where they can do no damage. Like in a Call Centre at Telkom, or Eskom. Or on the board at SABC.

      kgomo49 - 2011-02-23 14:14

      @heibrin: let me ask you this.would you say it is fair if i take a bus and pay 10rand, and you take a car and pay 20 rand? of cousre you would, and that is my point you see.nobody goes to exam drunk? so are you saying noone is allowed a drink? your logic sucks, if 2 student works equally hard, one gets 50 and other 70, is that fair? of course not, they should both get 70 or more. You see where i am going? its only logical and fair.

      kgomo49 - 2011-02-23 14:18

      @durbsviking: Clever, like yourself?as clever as the eskom power the pre 94 government left us, and now we have this power crises?the reuslt of "clever", now there is no power.

      Eric West - 2011-02-23 14:24

      ROTFLOL!! You mean "leaders" like the fat little tenderpreneur, Malema?

      50something - 2011-02-23 14:26

      Kgomo - I sincerely hope that you are joking, otherwise I would be deeply concerned - why go to school at all - just draw your marks out of a hat. Watch the university drop-out rate this year. All those passees will fall out like flies because thay are not used to the "hopefully" still high university standards

      Totman - 2011-02-23 14:32

      kgomo49. Or you just stirring on the site or you are really not thinking your comments through. I see that you refer to" our rights as student" and because of that I presume you are still one. The whole idea of writing exams is to test your level of knowledge and your job direction that you need to take in life. I also had pupils that got higher points than me on school. If you have done your best there is nothing to be ashame of. We can't be all the same. Life will not treat you fairly and the same if you do not know your strong points. I do not want to be treated by a doctor that pass because of point adjustment due to all must be seen equal. Neither do you. If you are still a student I suggest that you concentrate on your studies and do the best you can. Than it will be enough. If you are out of school I suggest you try to go back or follow other courses. With that argument of yours, you are not ripe enough for live, yet. It is going to hurt you badly. If I had to ask for equal points, because of my past, I would have fail now, because I need the knowledge to progress in what I am doing. Good luck!

      Mikemcc - 2011-02-23 14:34

      @kgomo49, you are clearly a recent recipient of an adjusted matric certificate. Your incoherent ramblings cannot be called logic. How exactly does one measure with certainty that both people worked equally hard? Even if there was a way, if 2 people work equally hard and get different marks when marked anonymously it means that one understood the work better than the other. This does not mean that their marks should be equalised. This is the harsh reality of the rest of the world, welcome to it.

      durbsviking - 2011-02-23 14:35

      Kgomo - when you get your brain transplant - which you clearly need - do you want the surgeon to be someone who worked hard and got 99%, or someone that worked hard and got 25%.

      kgomo49 - 2011-02-23 14:52

      Well, just your opinion, luckely we have clever people in power. This neo-liberal mindset must change. it brings nothing but trouble, that true. your arguments and believes are so deeply rooted, since you were probably brought up is the old regime. Maybe if you open up to different cultures, you will see success doesnt always mean one is better than another, then you will see we are all equal

      kgomo49 - 2011-02-23 14:56

      @durbsviking: you what is shocking, you are quickly to tell me to have a brian transplant, but the adjustment is a reality.Why are you stoning me, it happened, and will continue. so i am laughing at all of you, becuase your calling me names, tell me i must wake up, but it happened last year, and believe me previous years as well. So you are calling me names for things that are a reality. Wake up, times a changing!!!!!!

      durbsviking - 2011-02-23 15:09

      Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty but the pig likes it.

      kgomo49 - 2011-02-23 15:12

      @durnsviking: you are right, i will not wrestle you!thanx for the tip!

      Spydaman - 2011-02-23 16:41

      kgomo49, you're a d@@s!!

      lldoidge - 2011-02-23 16:58

      kgomo49, are you for real???? I studied hard at school but managed only in the 70% but my friend was top of the class with all A's. Now you saying we should have got the same marks? Not too clever there dude. I accept that my friend was a lot cleverer than me but that didn't change things. I'm tired of hearing it's our "right". You were obviously taught that but your teacher forgot to tell you that with rights come responsibilities!!!! You are owed nothing mate. Get off yor fat arse and do it for yourself!

      Heibrin - 2011-02-23 17:40

      @kgomo49: Thanks, mate, you really know how to bring a bit of humor into the day! So tell me, if you get 30%, and it's adjusted to 60%, so that you can get into uni, and whilst in uni, your 10% mark (it's a lot tougher in uni than school, so your marks will drop) gets adjusted to 50%, so that you can pass, which you have to, since it's logical and fair. Now, because you really wanted to make the family proud, you decided to study the noble art of medicine, and became a doctor. Following your unadjusted study mark of 10% in uni, meaning that you only know 10% of the material (unless you believe that adjusting the marks also adjusts the amount of knowledge in your brain??). So let me ask you this: if your proud mother has a car accident, and ends up in hospital, who would you rather have operating on her, you, with the 10% knowledge, or the real doctor, who's unadjusted mark was 60%? I know whom I would choose.

      johan - 2011-02-23 18:36

      @Kgoma49, lol, you will get a huge surprise in the real world. hahaha, I knew it was going to be hard and still got a big surprise. I really feel sorry for you, you will have to grow up quickly if you want to survive out there. Shame...

      kgomo49 - 2011-02-24 08:51

      @lldoidge: you should have studies harder.if you keep you mouth shut, you will stay at 70%, open your mouth and you will get 90%.Thats a fact.@all: I see alot of racists on here, who would like to see the african diamonds fail. you only encourage me to get 75%!that a fact. hopefully i will show you the way, i can only hope that comrade malema can inspire you as he did me to see the truth, please, wake up people, this is 2011 the new sout-africa, stop living in the past.

  • Grazy - 2011-02-23 13:42

    If they were hiding it before I do not believe this explanation also. It may also be "adjusted". In the long term it is only the students that are the loosers.

  • Joy - 2011-02-23 13:54


  • R.Suppards - 2011-02-23 14:04

    Have you started fabricating the 2011 Matric results yet?

      Eric West - 2011-02-23 14:23

      LOL! Not only that. I hear that thieves have broken into the Union Buildings. They apparently stole the results of the 2011 local elections!

      stevenvanzyl - 2011-02-24 21:05

      The 2011 results has reportedly been stolen and now new ones must be fabricated. And to Kgomo, well done boy. Go to the graves in Cambodia to see what a fear of knowledge does. Re your comrade Malema, was it not for people that were gifted and worked hard from result-driven societies that understoood that all are not equal and made place for excellence, he would still be wearing traditional clothes and certainly not be wearing bling and driving shiny cars. And you and me would not be able to communicate here on society changing (mostly profit driven and capitalist) inventions, writing, electricity, computers and the internet. I wish I could make the next great invention but I do not feel it is my right.

  • Eric West - 2011-02-23 14:22

    ... 25% was from a class-based assessment. ------ Would this be the same assessments which allow failed pupils to progress to the next grade?

  • XAD - 2011-02-23 14:33

    Was this adjustment made across the board? So, if a student scored 95% and an upward adjustment of 10% was made, does this give that student 105%? Or am I missing something obvious somewhere?

      kgomo49 - 2011-02-23 15:02

      no, youe missing the point, why adjust a person for 95%?but if i get 30, adjust to 50 or 60%, so that i can also attend univesity and make my family proud.or is university just for a "certian elite race" in our country. we are all equall now

      lldoidge - 2011-02-23 17:26

      I'm convinced this kgomo dude is juliearse malema. As thick as the wood he couldn't screw together!

  • jevoixtout - 2011-02-23 15:31

    Can't believe you people are replying to this kgomo character. Like a bad smell they tend to go away if you just ignore them.

  • JIKELA - 2011-02-23 16:43

    I am currently a senior maths lecturer at a sought after university and have had experience teaching in both government and private schools as well as involvement in the setting of both IEB and govt matric exams. Has anyone ever considered that the IEB exams results are also adjusted. The need to do this arises from the fact that many "poor" schools also write the IEB exams (eg.pvt church schools), you just don't hear about them, and this is coupled with the fact that schools that mostly write IEB are private and, as such, are businesses that would soon be out of business if they had anything but a high pass rate. The fact is that the vast majority of schools that write the govt matric are "underpriviledged" and are mostly responsible for the lower marks but do not take away from those government schools such as SACs, Pretoria Boys and Girls High, Grey Bloem, Westville Boys and Girls, Maritzburg College, Glenwood etc etc. that fact that they continue to produce excellent results and pupils who cope with university as well as (sometimes better) than pupils who have come through the private school system. I do not agree with 30% being considered a pass (this applies to both govt and IEB exams by the way) but those pupils who do only acheive these marks do not get into varsity.

      lldoidge - 2011-02-23 17:04

      Don't forget Tafelberg School in Cape Town!

      twolips - 2011-03-25 14:49

      It is true what you say, BUT the OBE system is so much easier than the syllabus contents which the formerly white schools had way back when. Why didn't the govt stick to that system? I have taught under both systems and found that OBE was an insult to anyone's intelligence. My grade 8, 9 and 10 learners had so little Mathematics to learn with OBE.

  • dup007 - 2011-02-24 08:19

    Maths been adjusted by 22% and Accounting by 25% - (according to the press release) = so what does that mean? if I get 25% for maths they will add 22% ??? what a joke - so to pass matric maths I have to score 25 x 122% = 30.5% = Pass - what a joke... Accounting you only need to score 24% x 125% = 30% = PASS No wonder our minister of finance can not balance the books - hehehe

  • mariomobster - 2011-02-24 20:49

    Kgomo49 Don't let these people get you down (I don't think they will). There are many people in this country that made a HUGE success of their lives no matter what their education level. Look at the president - to be the president - wow - what an achievement. You too can climb as high. Let that diamond shine truely! Look at a diamond - so brilliant and dense! The hardest natural object you can find. Your well thought out arguments will take you far in this country, I'm sure future employers will value your ability to follow logic and reward you accordingly. I suggest you try your hand at politics first, that is surely the place for you.

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