Improve support for schools, says Motshekga

2010-01-07 10:19

THE 2009 matric results show that more needs to be done to improve

the support given to schools, says Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

Results released today show a 2% decline in the overall pass


Acknowledging that there is poor teaching in many schools,

Motshekga says more help is needed, especially in science.

“Management in our schools is often weak and lacks leadership and

commitment. Our systems are also often inefficient,” says a visibly disappointed


“This year we shall strengthen our interventions to ensure that the

class of 2010 shows a significant improvement.”

Motshekga says officials in the provincial education departments

must support schools in ensuring that textbooks and other teaching materials are

provided on time.

“They must ensure that real teaching and learning are taking place

in all our schools from the beginning of the school year.”

The 2009 pass rate for the National Senior Certificate stands at

60.7%, compared to 62.5% in 2008.

“Saying we are unhappy is too mild. We’ve had sleepless nights. We

cannot afford to allow our young people to achieve results that are in the main

average or below average.”

KwaZulu-Natal improved its pass rate by 3.5%from 57.6% in 2008 to 61.1% in 2009, while the Eastern Cape stabilised at 50%.

Motshekga commends the results of these two rural provinces

characterised by high rates of poverty.

The pass rate in the Free State declined by 2.4% and the Western

Cape by 2.7%.

In North West, the pass rate was down 0.5%, Limpopo saw a decline

of 5.4% and it dropped 11% in the Northern Cape.

Mpumalanga, which also published its results yesterday after much

doubt that it would be able to, had the poorest performance with a pass rate of

45.9%, a decline of 3.9%.

Umalusi, the quality assurance body for general and further

education and training, gave the go-ahead for the release of the Mpumalanga

results after saying on Monday they could be delayed pending investigations into

the leaking of exam papers.

“Following a rigorous process, Umalusi, found no evidence of a

systematic problem in Mpumalanga,” says Motshekga.

Motshekga says the Mpumalanga education department will be

immediately re-constituted.

“We agreed that the national department will from 2010 assume

responsibility for the administration of the National Senior Certificate

examination process in Mpumalanga until necessary systems are in place.”

The SA Police Service special investigation unit, the Hawks, had

been called in to investigate the irregularities.

Motshekga said those found guilty of stealing and selling question

papers were criminals and would be punished to the full extent of the law.

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