Durban’s Umlazi District the best in KZN

2014-01-07 00:00

BASIC Education Minister Angie Motshekga singled out Umlazi District as one of the best performing districts in KZN, with an 83,7% pass rate, when she announced the matric results yesterday.

The other good news for KZN is that the province, which constitutes 25% of the pupils in the country, increased its pass rate by 4,3 percentage points — from 73,1% in 2012 to 77,4%.

The minister’s announcement that 78,2% of matriculants passing their National Senior Certificate nationally was met with cheers during her speech yesterday.

Professor Ruksana Osman, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witswatersrand, said the pass rate of 78,2% came as a “pleasant surprise” to her, even though she was expecting a bit of growth.

However, she said she was cautious about the quality of the passes, especially in maths and science.

The National Professional Teachers’ Union’s Basil Manuel said the 78,2% pass was still within the five percent range of improvement they were expecting.

“It’s okay. But if it was more than five percent you’d panic,” Manuel said.

He said he was pleased that the Bachelor pass — which qualifies pupils to study for a degree — has also shown some growth.

However, the elephant in the room, he said, was the bulk of pupils that did not make it to Grade 12.

Manuel applauded KZN for doing “phenomenally well” considering that it has more than 50 000 more pupils than other provinces in SA.

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