‘Pass rate hides inequality’

2011-01-07 00:00

ALTHOUGH the Equal Education (EE) organisation congratulated the class of 2010, their teachers and education officials, it said the improvement conceals the massive education inequalities within provinces.

The EE is a community- and membership-based organisation that campaigns for quality and equality in the South African education system.

EE head of policy, communication and research Yoliswa Dwane said yesterday: “Bearing in mind that a pass is three subjects at 30% and three subjects at 40%, improvements are always to be welcomed …However, this improvement in the overall pass rate hides the massive inequalities within provinces between rich and poor. It is the performance of our poorest schools that should be the true benchmark of success — this has not yet been subjected to public scrutiny.”

EE said the 2010 matric class began school in 1999 as a class of 1 318 932 pupils, according to Education Department statistics, but by 2010 this class had dwindled to 643 546, which EE pointed out means fewer than half made it to matric and the true pass rate is only half of what it appears.

Dwane urged Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to establish minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure, as she had promised.

— Witness Reporter.




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