Focusing on the matric pass rate masks crucial indicators, such as the number of pupils qualifying for tertiary education, the quality of passes, and the number of maths and science passes, the DA has said. “Some may view the matric results announced tonight as a cause for celebration, but we believe they are a cause for concern,” spokeswoman Annette Lovemore said in a statement last night. She echoed concerns expressed by trade union Solidarity and civil rights body Afriforum that the pass rate did not take into consideration the number of students who dropped out of the education system before they wrote matric. She said the pass rate was not a credible measure of the quality of education. Meanwhile, Afriforum said until the problems plaguing the education sector were resolved, celebrating a supposedly increasing matric pass rate remained a “political spin exercise”. The department and education experts had to resolve problems with delivery of textbooks, inefficient curriculum options, the paralysing actions of some education unions, inadequate training for teachers, dysfunctional schools, and a lack of mother-language education, the civil rights organisation’s deputy CEO Alana Bailey said in a statement yesterday. “Independent test find that the literacy and numeracy levels of matriculants often are so low that they have little to offer employers. The prospects of learners who do not complete their school careers are even worse.” The implementation of a youth wage subsidy was of little significance when the basic education department delivered a decreasing number of employable people. “The youth is being failed dismally,” she said.