Matric results: Technical report shows things are improving

2014-01-06 18:15

It was good news and bad news as basic education department acting director general Paddy Padayachee delivered his technical report.

Nine schools across the country achieved a 0% matric pass rate while 551 managed a 100% rate.

Padayachee presented the 2013 matric results technical report at the SABC studios in Auckland Park ahead of the official national pass rate which was revealed by minister Angie Motshekga to be 78.2%.

Padayachee said that in 2013 the department worked overtime to improve the number of pupils who pass maths and science. The department, he said, also placed an emphasis on improving the number of pupils who pass their matric with results good enough for university entrance.

Education policy analyst Professor Graeme Bloch said the technical report shows that things are, slowly but surely, improving. "It shows we are improving. We have issues, we have problems but the department is not hiding them. But we can do better".

Like many other policy analysts, he raised concerns about the quality of the National Senior Certificate. "But the technical report shows that, that is improving too.

University of Witwatersrand vice chancellor Professor Adam Habib said he was also happy about the general improvement in the entire lower education system.

"But quality remains and issue. But its refreshing that quality is also improving. I know the minister is addressing this but we must start asking serious questions about the appropriate  pass rate. Is 30% or 40% an appropriate benchmark?".

Habib said the quality of teaching and learning also has to be looked at.

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