Matric pass drop a positive: Solidarity

2010-01-07 12:51

TRADE union Solidarity interpreted the drop in the matric pass rate

today as a sign that examinations were more difficult and so prepared pupils for

the challenges of university.

“The trade union maintains that the fact that many top matriculants

found the final examinations in subjects such as mathematics and physical

science more difficult is a positive sign, because it will probably prepare

learners better for the challenges they will face at university,” spokesperson

Jaco Kleynhans said in a statement.

This year’s national pass rate for the national senior certificate

stood at 60.7%, compared to 62.5% in 2008.

“There has been concern for quite some time about the standard of

matric, which experts believe has declined drastically over the past


The union paid tribute to teachers’ roles in getting pupils

through. It cautioned that matriculants should not regard this qualification as

the end of their education path.

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