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Western Cape has best matric pass rate

2012-01-04 22:18

Pretoria - About 70.2% of matrics have passed last year's exams - where the the Western Cape achieved the country's top pass rate.

The overall pass rate was up from 67.8% in 2010, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced in Pretoria on Wednesday.

In 2009, 60.7% of matrics passed the exams, just under 2% down from 2008.

In 2008, 62.5% of matrics passed.

There were 496 090 full-time pupils whote wrote the 2011 National Senior Certificate - some 41 443 fewer than in 2011. There were about 80 000 part-time pupils who wrote the examinations.

Motshekga said that in 2011 there were no incidents, such as exam paper leaks, that had jeopardised the exams.

The Western Cape was the top province with a pass rate of 82.9% - up from 76.8% in 2010.

Gauteng was next with a pass rate of 81.1% followed by the Northwest Province with a 77.8% pass rate and the Free State with a 75.7% pass rate.

Motshekga was happy with the results, but said much still needed to be done to improve the maths pass rates.

The Democratic Alliance congratulated matrics especially those in the Western Cape who achieved a national high.

"Seven years of ANC government in the Western Cape saw a drop in the provincial pass rate of 11.6 percentage points, from 87.3% in 2003 to 75.7% in 2009," basic education spokesperson Wilmot James said.

He said the DA's first full year in government, in 2010, saw an improvement to 76.85.

"It shows that getting the basics right in education can improve our children's education step by step," he said.

James said government should ensure teachers were provided with adequate training, support and resources.

Comments
  • Sean - 2012-01-04 22:25

    Seariously , the rest of the country could learn from the Western Cape , well done !!!

      Sean - 2012-01-04 22:29

      "It shows that getting the basics right in education can improve our children's education step by step," he said. Just wish the ANC could also only get the basics right !!!

      Themba - 2012-01-05 00:28

      Come on guys what is the statistical difference between 82.9% and 81.1%. Gauteng is as good as Western Cape. In any case historically Western Cape is much more advantaged than Gauteng, notwithstanding the fact that economically Gauteng is stronger.

      Van - 2012-01-05 01:31

      They suck in rugby.

      Martin - 2012-01-05 02:08

      BUT THEY STILL SUCK WITH RUGBY! :) :) No, seriously, well done!

      Trevor - 2012-01-05 06:35

      Well done to the WC, they are reversing the damage the ANC did in the WC AND they number 1,WELL DONE!!....taking just 3 years to get there...As for Gauteng, keep it going...!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-05 06:41

      How can any of these stats be taken seriously? The political pressure to show results (improvements) and the ability to add to or adjust marks make a mockery of the whole system. Add to that that 30% is considered a pass and the three ring circus is complete.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-05 06:47

      Well I lecture students that come from mostly private schools after their encounter with High School and, to be honest, the former Model C and Private schools do bring out some decent kids, but statistically anywhere will. None of them can spell though and their grammar is non-existent. Even the most studious have trouble with too and to and stationery and stationary. These are students with top aggregates, however I am sure it isn't based on A-H anymore, so perhaps they all got Bananas or Smiley Faces on their report cards?

      mastersvoice - 2012-01-05 06:49

      I hate to be a wet blanket, but these statistics are not a positive in my opinion. A high pass rate is useless if the quality of education is low. We are churning out a high percentage of unemployable matriculants. From here many fall by the wayside and many get poor post-graduate qualifications. These so-called graduates then move into the workplace, where they further dilute the quality of our workforce. BEE and AA force many employers to take on sub-standard employees purely on a race basis, and so the downward spiral continues. The government is now going through its annual self-praising and backslapping exercise, leading us all to believe that education in this country is improving, while the truth of the matter is it is slowly but surely spiralling downwards.

      Shadoz66 - 2012-01-05 08:02

      Just goes to show what can be done if a province is run correctly. I am glad and feel honored to be a capetonian. The best run province and it must be eating at the ANC..

      Spyker - 2012-01-05 08:31

      Excuse me.., The WC did the best compared to what..? The rest of SA..? We are getting the 'basics' right..? Fooling yourself has a new, absolute benchmark.., one I am sure will stand till Jesus comes. SA's 'leaners'(sic) are among the most illiterate in the known universe. In fact that is a huge compliment - they are in fact (officially) down-right stupid. OECD's comprehensive world education ranking report, PISA, is a highly rated global ranking of 15 year-old's (or equivalent Grade in a country) ability to READ, DO MATHS and UNDERSTAND SCIENCE. The report rated top countries like South Korea (compelled to add a middle-finger to NK here) and Finland with scores each (around) 537 : 544 : 546 for each of the given categories (thus a basic total, around = 1627). The OECD averages are 493 : 496 : 501, basic total = 1490. Some of the countries that are above average in all the categories are, New Zealand (4th), Japan (6th), Australia (6th), USA (14th), Germany (16th), France (18th) and scraping through on par with the basic total, is Denmark (19th). Notably the UK did NOT make it, although it did well in the SCIENCE category, it slipped on the others – but came in at the 20th spot. Confirming my perpetually stated notion: the UK is in fact, a 3rd-world country, in a strategically convenient location. cont. below.,,

      Spyker - 2012-01-05 08:32

      Let us (for now) look beyond a critical analysis – eg the data does not correlate with the globe’s leading practicable inventors – ie OLD EUROPE and the USA; and look at SA.., In 65th place is Kyrgyzstan, total = 975. It is worse than some other places on the planet, not best known for activities, related to academic excellence – eg Colombia, Mexico, Albania, Tunisia, etc. I am sure you are now keen to hear about SA..? Well, as usual – over here, things are never as simple as that. Tests were written in SA and when the initial scores were tallied they found a basic total of less than 750. True to character of the Eurocentric types, they immediately doubted themselves, so they presented it to the esteemed Ministry of Education for verification. The Ministry angrily responded with the obligatory (anti-Imperialist rhetoric) and promptly ordered the tests to be re-written, adding some additional venues, etc. It transpired that the abovementioned scores (of SA) were in fact slightly liberal (viz somewhat forgiving) as it (for logistical reasons, initially) focussed on the major cities. The results of the latter ‘testwork’ did reach the media; including tests done on teachers: recall the reports of what the ANC regime regards as ‘Maths teachers’ are individuals that cannot distinguish between basic adding/subtracting and percentages... cont. below..,

      Spyker - 2012-01-05 08:32

      I do not think we can begin to grasp how low our standards of education have stooped – NOTE, this includes our tertiary (or supposed ‘tertiary’) education institutions. We are all (myself included) eager to suggest that ALL SA’s problems will fade away with “education”. What we have in SA, I am afraid is NOT education.., it is OBFUSCATION. It is yet another, in an endless list of casualties, of a Fascist, Black Nationalist regime that is hell-bent on force-feeding the citizenry it grossly outdated (and stolen) Marxist doctrine, even if means destroying the country in the process... In this regard, hell yes, the ANC has been overwhelmingly successful..! So, when the ANC embarked on its campaign of “...REVOLUTION BEFORE EDUCATION...”, did we have ANY idea how serious they were about it..? Well, the results, speaks for itself...

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-05 08:47

      Spyker, I schooled in New Zealand and SA and I can attest to how good the NZ system is. Here in SA I had to go to a top class (in it's day) Model C school (DHS, cry the beloved school's demise) to be on par with a standard New Zealand government school. Interestingly, the curricula at the beginning of HS in SA was above NZ but at the end of matric they were on par across all subjects. Having been lucky enough to see this for myself, and lecturing at a private tertiary now, I can attest to how far the standards here have dropped. The things the kids do would have resulted in a beating back in the day here. In NZ the other kids would just have laughed at you for being retarded.

      Willie - 2012-01-05 15:00

      Well done WC

  • MikeFraser - 2012-01-04 22:35

    It's amazing how politicians always claim easy victories. Speak to the teachers in the trenches and hear how they sacrifice to achieve the results that add to the success of their schools. Especially the schools that must deal with issues of crowd control in their classrooms before they can even teach.

      Trevor - 2012-01-05 06:51

      I have family who are in the teaching profession, it's shocking to hear the REAL stories, Government can't stick with one plan, every politician has his/her own view on education and so they all like to "play" with our kids future to justify their positions. The ANC plans that were forced through all these years were an utter joke....this is why private schools did so much better, they stuck to their guns and choose not to follow the Clowns in government...now government schools are starting to come right...why...they using private schools as benchmarks...LMAO...ANC will NEVER admit they are wrong that is a given but come now ANC, STOP pissing about with our kids future for the sake of a vote.

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-04 22:35

    Once again the DA led province comes out on top... Amazing what competent government can do.

      mastersvoice - 2012-01-05 06:58

      Don't think this has much to do with party politics, to be honest.

      Humble - 2012-01-05 09:42

      MV, it has everything to do with politics...

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-05 10:25

      @MastersVoice you'd be surprised how much politics is involved.

      Witchbladesa - 2012-01-05 13:03

      and they are still holding our results hostage? Only getting it on the 6th

  • Trevor Lovell - 2012-01-04 22:36

    Big surprise. I'd still like to know what the real pass rate was. How much adjustment took place to cook those books

      Trevor - 2012-01-05 06:53

      This is nothing new...the NP did the same...so one never knows the real pass rate nor the reason for adjustments.

      BlousteBlou - 2012-01-05 08:48

      The DA cannot take all the credit for this one - remember it is the province in which most pupils write exam in their home language!

  • Johncarlos Cynical Biza - 2012-01-04 22:43

    The DA has done nothing in particular to improve marks. Stop playing politics in unrelated topics. The WC has always done well and the learners and teachers deserve the credit. Their competitive advantage is that most of the learners are taught in their home language

      sachasea - 2012-01-04 23:43

      There is truth to what you are saying Johncarlos. The Western Cape has historically performed better than the other provinces even without the DA controlling the province. There is no question that the average standard of schooling in the Western Cape is better compared to that of Limpopo or Mpumalanga for instance. Hardly surprising that the next best performing province was Gauteng!

      Sean - 2012-01-05 00:04

      Explain this : "Seven years of ANC government in the Western Cape saw a drop in the provincial pass rate of 11.6 percentage points, from 87.3% in 2003 to 75.7% in 2009," basic education spokesperson Wilmot James said.

      sachasea - 2012-01-05 00:52

      Sean: Sure the overall percentage was lower during the ANC's tenure, but it was lower for all the other provinces as well. I'm pretty sure that the Western Cape was still placed top of the league when compared to the other provinces. If you have information to prove the contrary I will accept that. What are the stats for the years preceding 2003? Looks like there may be some serious cherry-picking going on there.

  • Michael.D.JUKES - 2012-01-04 22:45

    "There were 496 090 full-time pupils whote (SIC) wrote the 2011 National Senior Certificate - some 41 443 fewer than in 2011"

  • Motho - 2012-01-04 22:47

    Politicing grades will not help anybody but coming up with solutions is the way to go!

      Jerhone - 2012-01-05 10:09

      Get rid of the ANC as government, it's the only solution, give someone else a chance to govern that has the will, then judge, there will NEVER be solutions as long as our black citizens are afraid of change, the whites were also afraid of change but eventually gave in, how long are the blacks going to keep beating themselves over the head, by staying in the dark ages,this is what this government is doing to you treating you like mushrooms keeping you in the dark (poor education) and feeding you sh*t (propaganda)like how well you are doing academicaly with their watered down marks, so they can look great in your eyes don't settle for smoke and mirrors that they give you, but reach for the stars vote with your heads not your hearts it's the only way if you want progress

      Graziella - 2012-01-05 13:04

      400 years minimum!

  • Sarah - 2012-01-04 23:12

    Lol Trevor, yes I also would like to know the real pass rate. Is it not ironic how all good news comes out just before Zuma's office term is supposed to end?

  • marcandre.daniels - 2012-01-04 23:31

    A good pass rate, indeed, but NOT due to the DA govt in the WCape. As a teachers in the trenches myself, I know the cost of that good pass, to US the poor beleauguered teachers.I don't hear the DA thanking the teachers for their hard work, despite constant criticism & attacks from them when we demand the basic right to decent working conditions.

      Anton - 2012-01-04 23:51

      What did you teachers do differently since 2009 to effect the change?

      George - 2012-01-05 04:42

      As a teachers in the trenches!!!!! maybe you should go practice your grammar in the trenches.....eish mara wena.

      Trevor - 2012-01-05 07:02

      The result of Microsoft Word, now even some teachers are getting lazy...

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-05 07:31

      What is wrong with your working conditions? Please tell us so we know the problems you face.

      Karen Perks Woodward - 2012-01-05 09:07

      I don't think I have enough characters to comment on goyougoodthing's question,so I'll keep it short! Teachers in the 'trenches' have 50+ learners in a class,optimal is 22! Most learners attend class in their 2nd language which results in poor vocabulary use! Homework is vital to reinforce concepts,yet parents are illiterate or addicts or incompetent! We get paid for working 6 1/2 hours but that is just time in class,so then we coach sport, teach extra lessons,make costumes for plays,write the plays,plan events to raise funds,work at these events,prepare lessons for the next day,mark books,set up revision exercises,write learning content because we don't have textbooks,translate content and then we go to bed in order to do it all again the next day! Or did you think we just rock up in class,teach from a prepared script and go home at two? There are more challenges,could I mail those to you?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-05 12:25

      karen, sure you can, I teach at Vega and so I am lucky to be in private, but also tertiary where I have been fortunate enough to help shift policy. Email me, my FB profile has all my details.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-05 12:35

      Karen, please do, my post disappeared but my email address can be found on my FB profile. I am involved in education, tertiary at Vega and so don't know what happens out of the Ivory tower of private

      Kenneth Woodward - 2012-01-05 13:00

      Hi,do I search goyougoodthing? Currently busy with my Masters in education regarding management issues,would be great if we could exchange ideas!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-05 13:07

      I've sent you a friend request, easier from there.

  • Sarah - 2012-01-05 00:00

    I wonder what happened to the kids that can not read, while we busy celebrating the ones who passed matric only to go and sit at home?.. Motho, government do not have money but is prepared to give incentives to ex councillors who were not re-elected...need I go on?

  • isiphukuphuku - 2012-01-05 00:25

    Where are the results online?

      pws69 - 2012-01-05 07:31

      http://www.education.gov.za/Home/NSCExaminationResults2011/tabid/689/Default.aspx

  • Jason Morgan - 2012-01-05 00:33

    I really adore the western cape province it has produce my MUM and DAD aka my lovely parents I think its one of the best provinces in south Africa, please people be diplomatic with your responds its just my opinion and the declaration of love of my home province.

  • Martin - 2012-01-05 02:08

    BUT THEY STILL SUCK WITH RUGBY! :) :) No, seriously, well done!

      Nibiru - 2012-01-05 07:36

      The rugby stats show otherwise

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-05 12:40

      Nibiru, The Fair Cape has many things, but Cups they don't have. 11 years and counting.

  • Van - 2012-01-05 02:17

    11 years and counting!! Check us this year :)

  • Juan - 2012-01-05 02:54

    It seems like the Western Cape is the only province moving forward nowadays. I wonder why

      emile.eley - 2012-01-05 07:37

      Because of its multi-ethnic population. A true example to the world.

      Monique - 2012-01-05 09:55

      Multi ethnic? ha. Do you mean 'less black people'?

  • Pawel - 2012-01-05 04:53

    hmm so in ct the kids have more cash to bribe school teachers... no biggie...

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-01-05 04:58

    so the eastern cape grade 10 and 11 will be making their way to cape town because once again their pass rate sucks big time how sad

  • mzamani.shivambu - 2012-01-05 05:32

    You are missing point guys, Western Cape is one language province. They speak Afrikaans at home, they learn all their subjects on Afrikaans. If I did all my subjects in Venda I would get 8 Distinctions. That is why Western Cape tops.

      Peter - 2012-01-05 06:47

      @mzamani: Who is missing the point? Yes: 80% speak Afrikaans in the Western Cape - but the exams were in English. Nationwide, unfortunately.

      pws69 - 2012-01-05 06:53

      Are you saying there are no English medium schools in WC? ****just shakes his head in disbelief**** I have also never seen a math, science, or for that matter Geography text book written in Venda/Zulu/Xhosa/etc/etc/etc. Do they exist? If not, whose fault is that?

      sachasea - 2012-01-05 07:22

      I'm a product of the Western Cape schooling system. My home language is English, but I attended both Afrikaans and English medium schools. I excelled at languages in school. On occasion I would score better grades in Afrikaans than my home language! Can't use that as an excuse.

      emile.eley - 2012-01-05 07:38

      How about NO Mzamani.

      Roy - 2012-01-05 08:01

      So why don't you'd ask your for fathers to translate the text books for you in your mother tongue . Who do you expect todo it for you? It's time you start doing things for yourself, and stop blaming others for your failures.

      Werner - 2012-01-05 08:56

      Please watch Carlos Mencia's stand up show, the one where he talks about the school standards dropping and hopefully you'll realise how stupid you just sounded

      Sean - 2012-01-05 09:03

      @mzamani.shivambu - Suppose these days if you get 40% you get a distinction ??

      Pawel - 2012-01-05 19:39

      hmm, that is the most retarded statement ever... a language doesn't give you brain power or comprehension of a academic subject... there are plenty other language schools in CT than Afrikaans... the thick strikes again...

  • Peter - 2012-01-05 06:16

    Politics aside, good government will always provide better education, so well done, Western Cape. But the real question is: what is the value of a better pass-rate, when the pass-mark has been so drastically lowered? More may have 'got' their matric, but far fewer are now actually educated. Many thousands will have to complete a bridging-year before they can hope to cope with tertiary study in terms of basic literacy and cogent thinking alone.

      pws69 - 2012-01-05 07:12

      You need an average of 35% to pass matric. From the ANA results for 2011: Grade 3 Literacy: 35% Grade 3 Math: 28% Grade 6 Literacy: 28% Grade 6 Math: 30% Source: http://www.education.gov.za/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=1U5igeVjiqg%3d&tabid=358&mid=1325 Of particular interest are the Graphs on page 25 and 26. e.g. Figure 10: Grade 6 mathematics distribution of scores: 69% of learners did not achieve 35%. THIS is the real worry, even with the dumbing down of education, we get this level of failure.

  • Sifiso - 2012-01-05 06:30

    This is very encouraging! South Africa's future is looking good!

      Thelma - 2012-01-05 07:47

      What with fudged pass rates.....who you trying to fool?

      Con - 2012-01-05 08:32

      sifiso, when the pass mark is made 35%, and only 70% of the learners manage that, there is nothing to be encouraged about. This false sense of achievement is damaging. We should all keep on shouting from the rooftops that this government is destroying this country with the poor education that it is providing - lazy, incompetent teachers, closing the old teachers training colleges, allowing SADTU to hi-jach education, poor examples set by the leaders, etc.

      Nkulekweni - 2012-01-05 10:57

      No it is not. Country that have less resources to pour into education have a much superior quality of education. Ours is one of the worst educacation systems in the world given the resources spent on it. Rasicm as evidenced in these pages, and government incompetency are the twin evils that are surely and rapidly killing this country for whom so many had so much hope.

  • pws69 - 2012-01-05 06:48

    I wish newspapers would make an effort at FACTUAL reporting. I'll help them out here. Grade one in 2000: 923,463 Writing Grade 12: 496,090 (53,7% of Grade one intake) Passing Grade 12: 348,255 (37,7% of Grade one intake) Why these numbers are important: Although the DoBE reports on ONLY those actually writing the exams, the fact is ALL of these people are entering the job market. So, we have a situation were only 37,7% of job applicants having a matric. What do we do with the remaining 62,3% who are functionally illiterate? These are people who are basically qualified to be labourers. What is the effect on the country where the majority of new job applicants are seriously underqualified? Widening income disparity, stagnating economic growth = higher unemployment = lower tax collection = less money for infrastructure development and people development. Who suffers? ALL of us. This means that education is the responsibility of EVERYONE. Other facts worth mentioning (from www.nationmaster.com): Average years of schooling - adults: 6,1 (ranked 50th in the world) Education enrolment ratio, net, primary level: 92% (Ranked 103) Education spending (% of total government expenditure): 18,5% (Ranked 27) iteracy rate, adult total > % of people ages 15 and above: 82,4% (Ranked 78) Tertiary enrollment: 15,2% (ranked 80 - USA is first, with 72,6%)

      Trevor - 2012-01-05 07:09

      Love to know what R400million only would do for education..the same amount the ANC are spending on their party....not to mention the BILLIONS lost due to corruption...the ANC trying so hard to keep it's voters DUMB...because an educated voter is LOT more difficult to bulls^%&t and we seeing this in election results as the years go on...

      Dolf Groenewald - 2012-01-05 07:35

      @trevor, i tell u what 400 mill will do, give proper training to the two that wrote thir article, so they can fix all there grammer and spelling mistakes, irronic isn't it

      Dolf Groenewald - 2012-01-05 07:41

      @trevor, i tell u what 400 mill will do, give proper training to the two that wrote thir article, so they can fix all there grammer and spelling mistakes, irronic isn't it

      pws69 - 2012-01-05 07:43

      @Dolf, in light of your comment, you might want to correct the following: thir = this there = thier grammer = grammar irronic = ironic :-) P.S. not being a grammar troll, but found the errors quite hilarious in the context of your comment.

      Monique - 2012-01-05 10:02

      PWS69 'their'

  • Scooter - 2012-01-05 06:52

    It shows that getting the basics right in education can improve children's education step by step.

  • Schalk - 2012-01-05 07:18

    It is because they are not run by the All Nepotism & Corruption party.

  • Shelane - 2012-01-05 07:36

    Nothing to celebrate in my opinion... If we keep lowering the standard of education OBVIOUSLY the pass rate will go up! All you need is 30% to pass Maths .....it's ridiculous!

      Buck - 2012-01-05 09:08

      True that! Wonder what the results would be like if the "normal" pass rate is used i.e. 50+%

      Monique - 2012-01-05 10:04

      Agreed. For instance, have a look at the spelling on the comments-shocking. This is only gonna get worse. How can people not spell anymore? It's not spell check's fault people are too lazy to use their grey matter!

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-05 07:41

    I honestly think the fact that the Western Cape has the best past rate and the best improvement of the pass rate, has something to do with the expenditure paterns of the DA lead provincial Government. They DO NOT spend R400 Mil on party celebrations. They DO NOT loose R30 Billion due to corruption. They DO NOT steal from the public and their expenditure percentage of their budget is high on education. Seems to me that they are having results in turning around the damage the ANC has done to the Western Cape when they were in charge!

      vnogqala - 2012-01-05 14:38

      aaaaaa thats not true at all this has got nothing to do with politics try to think otherwise.

  • wayde.theunissen - 2012-01-05 07:43

    Well done to all matrics of 2011

      sachasea - 2012-01-05 07:57

      Indeed Wayde. I too extend a hearty congratulations to all the matriculants of 2011 including my little sister who got the grades she needs to study a Bachelors of Science in Genetics and Biochemistry at UCT! Well done Jess, I know how hard you worked to achieve your results. X

  • Beetroot - 2012-01-05 07:46

    What do expect from a DA lead province. Here we focus on progress and social developement. Another Non Capable (ANC) province only is interested in self enrichment and elaborate lifestyles for the few politically appointed. Mostly nepotstic and self centered same fat faces around the table and parasitically bleed the tax payer. Viva Iwisa!

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-05 07:50

    This just shows how WC is serious about service delivery meanwhile other provinces' ills are contaminating education as well. Limpopo and Eastern have home of intellectuals but now they are at the bottom of matric achievements ladder and all these result from incompetence and maladministration while the leaders' eyes are on tenders.

      Archie - 2012-01-05 08:07

      well spoken Tshi,limpopo has not even ordered their school books for 2012,ANC is damaging any chance bright young pupils have in that province

  • DJPotifar - 2012-01-05 08:15

    Well done Western Cape! The ANC should take a letter from the DA's book.

  • johanspokie.rossouw - 2012-01-05 08:22

    hahaha what! any idiot can pass matric exams these days. Since that new system in education is up an going it made it so easy to pass.

      conrad.buitendag - 2012-01-05 08:54

      So I suppose everybody in your family that wrote matric this year got straight A's

      johanspokie.rossouw - 2012-01-05 09:50

      hmmm I dont got any family members in school any more except my little cousins but they are 8years old lol... honestly 3 years ago my friend sister came to me to show me what ridiculous maths they doing in grade 10.... geus what it was the 4x tables OMG you did that in grade 1

      karen.glautier - 2012-01-05 14:15

      @johanspokie.rossouw, my son just finished grade 2 and he did up to the 5 times table last year, so perhaps it's your friends sister that was a little confused??

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-01-05 08:26

    GO DA!! GO DA!

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  • rhino - 2012-01-05 08:42

    @David.... sorry I need to copy and paste your comments(with some corrections) but I agree. ""The people in the Western Cape are a bit smarter. Lets face it. Thats why they don’t vote for the ANC because they are not stupid.

  • isaac.baloyi1 - 2012-01-05 08:50

    Politics aside,our country is getting somewhere ,even though we still have challenges which we need to confront to get everything right,because the other remaining percentage which did not make it,29.8% to be exact,also belongs to the RSA.Lets hold hands ,in the spirit of Quality learning & teaching Campaign,and we shall sing a chorus of success come 2012 Results.Remember education is a societal Headache,LETS JOIN HANDS!HALALA THE CLASS OF 2011!

      vnogqala - 2012-01-05 14:46

      wow wow thats what people where surpose to say......lets pullup our socks so we that can go forwad

  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-01-05 08:51

    'After all, facts are facts, and although we may quote one to another with a chuckle the words of the Wise Statesman, "Lies - damn lies - and statistics," still there are some easy figures the simplest must understand, and the astutest cannot wriggle out of.’

  • Frik - 2012-01-05 08:53

    Well done DA another reason why the masses should wake up....

  • amos.mcinga - 2012-01-05 08:57

    The Western Cape was the top province with a pass rate of 82.9% - up from 76.8% in 2010.The DA is has done it again, making sure that the basics are right. I am worried about the Eastern Cape Education. The department is under administration and teachers under financial administration. Clearly the administration in the EC is flawed.

  • BlousteBlou - 2012-01-05 08:58

    When giving credit to the DA and the Cape, you did notice that their results was only 1,9% higher than Gauteng, with another government and mother tongue?

      Schalk - 2012-01-05 10:07

      In Gauteng the results were adjusted more...

      Onke Dali - 2012-01-06 09:05

      @schalk next you're gonna be saying the guateng results were falsified completely, shut up you nitwit!!

  • Buck - 2012-01-05 09:04

    Means so little when 40% is a pass mark!

  • phumlani.mbatha - 2012-01-05 09:30

    it will be nice to hear from the Educators themselves and not polititians who are not even teaching the subjects, let alone visiting the schools and providing necessary requirements for efficient teaching and learning. otherwise, congratulations to those who made it. i wish the quality could be stronger though.

      Nkulekweni - 2012-01-05 11:16

      Calling them educators does not make them better teachers. Perhaps we should start by interrogating our pechant for adopting stuping names mainly coined in America as an answer to serious problems.

  • Humble - 2012-01-05 09:40

    hahaha nice stab at the ANC Mr James - well done sir :) stats dont lie!

  • Jerhone - 2012-01-05 09:43

    WESTERN CAPE is the greatest place in the whole of Africa viva DA viva, even with the watered down education system we come out tops, it must be the way the western cape is governed, does it not let you ANC zombies at least think WHY IS THAT

  • Dudley - 2012-01-05 09:50

    Eish another thing (education) that works better in the WP than in the rest of the country...that Madam really needs to go and give extra classes to all those sleeping MPs !

  • Karen - 2012-01-05 10:00

    WELL DONE to all those matrics that realise that knowledge is power!!!! Enjoy your well earned break and take care of yourselves.

  • sewesha - 2012-01-05 10:28

    Congratulations to all who madde it on their exams. I just want to say to those who have failed that; nxanxaye! This is not for the first time happening with you. Fail is not the end of the world, it is a learning curve. To the head of department I just wanna say; Well done and keep it up. This year you will have to target all the high schools having poor results to help them understand this new system of education.

  • Ellamyn - 2012-01-05 10:40

    You go girl.

  • Senzo - 2012-01-05 11:26

    its said that kids futures are being used for pollitical reasons

  • Charles - 2012-01-05 11:37

    The western cape only does better due to it's high number of coloured students. Majority of the kids who failed are from black communities. More and more whites are moving to CT and in so doing increasing the number of passes for the region. DA really trying to colonise the cape again. Can't wait for nationalisation and land reforms. We'll see how well the whites do when they dont live in lovely surroundings.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-05 12:37

      You will most probably find them revitalising their new surroundings, planting trees and making a difference. It what we always do.

      karen.glautier - 2012-01-05 14:21

      @Charles, as always the 'whites' will turn the barren desolation into beautiful, flourishing farms and communities, and in 50 years this too shall be taken from us and we will be told we stole it! :) Then we will be given back the destroyed cities and towns and the entire process will be repeated...

  • Cassandra - 2012-01-05 13:50

    It makes me proud to know I come from a school that has had a 100% Pass rate for umteen years... Wynberg Girls High and other great schools and educators like them are the ones to thank for these stats

  • Liz - 2012-01-05 14:25

    Well done to the Western Cape for maintaining high standards but its a bit naive to assume that their success is to do with the DA's governance! Providing a sound educational system in a predomnantly urbanised or at least "townised" environment is a lot easier than in rural areas with poor infrastructure. Western Cape, Gauteng and North West will probably always top the list (irrespective of who governs the province) and Eastern Cape, and Limpopo will always be at the bottom (irrespective of who governs the province) because they are very rural and very poor. Some kids cannot even start school at the correct age because they are not physically strong enough to walk the long distances. It is also very difficult to attract good qualified teachers to the lesser developed areas. ... and of course there are poor management problems and indolent teachers and learners as there are everywhere. The poor results in some of these areas are a reflection of the overiding poverty and underdevelopment and not purely a reflection on the work of the education department.

      Liz - 2012-01-05 16:41

      @Anthony - of course there are kids that for a whole lot of reasons rise above the difficulties and good luck and well done to them. I am not making excuses but I am saying you won't sort the educational problems out without sorting out the bigger rural under development picture that prevails in several of our provinces. There are a lot of things that can be "fixed" but there are others that are inextricably linked with the environment and success will be limited until they are addressed. May be hard to imagine if you have never been there.