18 schools get zero matric pass rate

2011-01-06 11:05

Pretoria - No pupils passed the 2010 matric exams at 18 schools, according to figures released by the basic education department on Thursday.

Five of these were in the Eastern Cape, four in Limpopo and three were in KwaZulu-Natal.

The balance were special schools and one each in the Free State and Gauteng.

The number of schools with a zero pass was unchanged from 2009.

According to the Report on the National Senior Certificate Examinations, the sizes of the schools that registered zero pass rates varied, from one school at which only two pupils sat the exams to one where 238 pupils sat the exams.

The overall matric pass rate for 2010 stood at 67.8%, up from 60.7% in 2009.

It was 62.5% in 2008 and 65.2% in 2007.

  • T-man - 2011-01-06 11:12

    how can every one fail in a normal working school. I blame the teachers together with the department.

      T-man - 2011-01-06 11:46

      Do you realise that you need 30% to pass? No one is able to get 30% in a school? that is realy shocking, 18 schools failed to make any of their students to get 30% or above...

      Rem - 2011-01-06 12:12

      Even the free marks couldn't help them and guess what and believe it they are the ones who are going to be so called great leaders like our GG woodwork genius...any takers on who I am referring What a joke really....

      ArtimusPrime - 2011-01-06 12:32

      @T-man what is more shocking is that the pass rate is 30%

      Dave - 2011-01-06 12:43

      T-man, please please confirm that 30% figure? That is extraordinary!!!!! Man I am getting old, what happened to the old 50% How the hell do you expect these kids to survive in the outside world with this level of education? They cannot!! and they are just being set up for failure in the future? I wonder what the pass rate would be if it were 50%?

      T-man - 2011-01-06 13:06

      the old system was better then this one. we had standard grade and higher grade. in standard grade you needed 35% to pass, Higher grade you needed $0 percent to pass. Its was not perfect but better. This system which they keep on changing, you only need 30% to getting 70% of what you have been studying the whole year wrong is just normal to make you progress. You come to university you start having problems because there you need 50% to progress.for 12 years of your school life you exposed to this 30%, come higher education, then you end up dropping out.

      T-man - 2011-01-06 13:07

      Higher grade you needed 40% to pass

      T-man - 2011-01-06 13:08

      Yet some schools fail to even get this 30%. This is just not acceptable - 2011-01-06 13:38

      To Dave I agree with you. What happened to 50% pass rate? We also had it in school, and we all passed very well, ok maybe we should have studied a little a lot harder, but compared to the current passing rate, we were brilliant.... And I was born in the last 3decades, a decade i heard is 10yrs?

      IceBlaster - 2011-01-06 13:56

      @T-man what more disgusting is the when they do get to university, the university tests them on language skills and math skills. The tests are easy and you must see the results, they will really shock you. And thoose are the 23% that can go to university.

      warickw - 2011-01-06 14:05

      I wonder how many of these schools students were involved with that youth union that demanded free marks? If they were involved maybe they should of focused there attention on school instead of striking!

      warickw - 2011-01-06 14:06

      @ Dave I can confirm that the pass rate is only 30%

      Shino - 2011-01-06 14:35

      Most of these schools don't really have "teachers". They have "people" coming to school to get paid. The government can do future generations a favour and close these schools down permanently!; or until they can find teachers for it that actually DO give a crap and believe in "educating people" and not simply being handed everything on a silver platter!

      Zinki - 2011-01-06 16:50

      Clearly these 18 dysfunctional schools weren't "normal working schools". I put ALL the blame on those fat lazy teachers. They should all get fired or they should get a big cut in salary until at least 70% of their pupils pass. That is the only way to get results from them!!!

      cyjm317 - 2011-01-06 18:14

      Rem, you're refering to yourselve. It's good to confess but this is not the right place.

      Emigrate - 2011-01-06 22:47

      Wow...really? you only need 30% to pass? With no offense intended, this does make the South African education system a little bit of a joke internationally. Employers would have a very difficult job employing matriculants with the knowledge that they may have just scraped through with the ridiculous pass mark of 30%.

      Dave - 2011-01-07 06:32

      Thanks guys for the info... You know when I was at school, I used to average between 60 & 70 % for subjects, and I was made to feel very fact I was in the "C" class.. Today, after all this I feel absolutely like a rocket scientist.....

      Susannomore - 2011-01-07 11:32

      The mark obtained from teh actually final exams constitutes 30% of the total mark. The pass mark is still 40% for most subjects, with a few needing a 50% pass mark.

      TGIRL - 2011-01-07 18:05

      Can we really, seriously be proud an celebrate that the resuls have improve when the standard of passing is so low, 30%, this is an insult, i do not think these student woul compete with their peers internationally, its a disgrace

  • modefan - 2011-01-06 11:14

    Is that even possible...not even one pupil?

      Zoolie - 2011-01-06 12:04

      the facts are stearing at you m8. And it`s the 2nd year in a row.

      Baas-Julius - 2011-01-06 12:21

      The school with only two pupils writing the exam probably copied from one another. :)

      Zoolie - 2011-01-06 13:10

      @baas-julius ha ha ha i was wondering what happened there ha ha ha

      Mr Wendal - 2011-01-06 13:33

      And the school with 238 kids that failed onl had one pen between them?

      Mr Wendal - 2011-01-06 13:51

      Sorry, my pen ran out of ink and it's Sipho's turn to use it.

  • Aj - 2011-01-06 11:15

    eish.. zero... sound like another bee deal went wrong rofl

  • Bismark22 - 2011-01-06 11:17

    It’s very sad to see so many schools after 1994 still incompetent to produce quality education to pupils.

      warickw - 2011-01-06 14:07

      That dam aparheid!

      Belinda - 2011-01-06 16:40

      I matriculated in 1994, thanks goodness I still received a proper education at a correct and acceptable standard. I feel sorry fot our youth.

      cyjm317 - 2011-01-06 18:18

      Yeah, the truth is in your spellings. Real quality.

      yokidace - 2011-01-06 19:05

      @cyjm317 .yeah the truth is actually in you poor grammer "spellings" ? its spelling ,dont be quick to judge when your just as bad yourself..

      ray.romans - 2011-01-07 08:21

      yokidace, it's you're, not your. Watch out for the pot calling the kettle black.

      Greg - 2011-01-07 08:56

      And another thing yokidace, it's spelt grammar, not grammer!!!!!!

      Bismark22 - 2011-01-07 09:12

      Maybe I am missing something here, spelling? What is wrong with the sentence? Cyjm317, sure you finished St10?

  • Stollie - 2011-01-06 11:19

    A 0% pass rate can only be blamed on useless teachers and useless schools. There is no way that a whole matric group, when given the proper education, taught by dedicated teachers could be that pathetic. I am, of course, excluding "special schools", in those cases one may perhaps understand the bad performance.

      mrkold1 - 2011-01-06 12:25

      How shocking , when a pupil does well no dues is often given to the teacher . It's all the pupil . When the pupil does bad its the teachers fault , and hot the pupil. One needs to take careful stock of the circumstances that lead to this . It could very well be the teachers , or it could be the pupils. PS : i am not a teacher

      Tieneke - 2011-01-06 14:22

      Think these are "ghost" schools. Teachers get paid to teach nobody. Nobody pitched for exams so that explains the 0% pass rate. This should be investigated.

      moiraine - 2011-01-06 17:43

      @Stollie to be honest I agree with you. I am a lecturer and we have discussed this often. If everyone passes then teacher/material given + pupils are fine. If half pass then teacher/material given must be fine, half pupils must be fine the rest poor. But if the majority fail then the teacher/material surely must bear a good portion of the accountability. In each class there must be a few excellent students, a majority average students and a few poor students. There will be some hardworkers and some not. IF the teacher has done her/his job properly surely 1 out of 200 students will pass! Obviously this is simplistic and not looking at other circumstances eg. IQ, home life etc. I do agree that some of the responsibility rests with the students/parents but in this case I think a huge responsibility rests with the school. I can promise you that if I had a 100% failure rate I would do a lot of soul searching and change my methods drastically. I think it is time for someone to do that. @mrkold1 I hear you but I think when ALL the students fail the school need to look at what they are doing.

  • Johan - 2011-01-06 11:22

    Fire their asses. They should not get paid if they don't perform.

      Liesbet - 2011-01-06 12:07

      Agree! Pay the teachers commission for every student that passes.... And nothing for a Zero pass rate... that should make 'em think twice before striking!

      Joe_Public - 2011-01-06 12:17

      Haven't you heard that the CCMA takes sympathy on the side of previously disadvantaged? You think they'll ever be fired? Only thing that can happen is that they get suspended on full pay to fatten their lazy asses while sitting at home.

      spiceinc - 2011-01-06 12:18

      My sentiments exactly, starting from the officials at the Provincial level of education right down to the teachers at the school. I'd love to hear what the Union has to say about the performence of its members. Better yet, what does the community and parents say about such because ultimately until charge is taken at commnity level nothing will go right.

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 12:38

      Maybe teachers must get salaries according to the schools' subject pass rate. If the school have a pass rate of 45% for maths, the teacher must get 45% of his/her salary the following year.

  • aluwaninone - 2011-01-06 11:24

    o% out of 238 pupils??? fire the whole stuff, obviously 238 students can't be that dumb...its matric after with subjects like LO, maths literacy...

      Baas-Julius - 2011-01-06 12:23

      Yeah and it might even be the 2nd year in a row.

      Motswanagape - 2011-01-06 13:33

      At least the 238 pupils were not pregnant and wrote their Matric. Thanks to the minister for supplying the stats for all to see and make a "constructive" criticism unlike some people......

      jjhvan - 2011-01-06 14:15

      @Motswanag-ape Herewith some constructive criticism: They all failed and the teachers should be fired. Also they should bring the cane back and get some info into the students from the other side. Constructive enough?

      Motswanagape - 2011-01-07 08:30

      @Van You must read some of the so-called comments.If we were to use,as a Matric measuring standard, logic(thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner).I would be pleasantly surprised if 3 percent of News24 posters here passed matric.

  • Bosj - 2011-01-06 11:29

    Fire the Teachers. That's it.

      Gaanake - 2011-01-06 11:57

      Yeah fire the teachers, don't forget to include the notorious speedster, the BMW MEC... by the way, has he passed Matric? Couldn't be, otherwise he'd have been able to differentiate between "120km" and "235".

      nissi - 2011-01-06 12:18

      If you fire the teachers, is there any chance that you will hire more better ones? This is only a wound dressing

      Knorpot - 2011-01-06 13:07

      He passed 120 alright

      Bosj - 2011-01-06 13:35

      Nissi, If the teachers are not able to get even 1 child to pass, then I am sure you can recruit the retired teachers that could do much better.

  • Bosj - 2011-01-06 11:30

    Give us the School Names, Principal Name. Let's name and shame those teachers.

      PB - 2011-01-06 11:52

      Sounds like the right idea - name and shame. What's happened to accountability? Obviously this hasn't come as a huge surprise to the powers that be - someone, somewhere in the ivory towers of the education department should have been getting off their fat arses to see what is happening (or not) a whole lot earlier. But then again, why would they, just blame it on apartheid, it is so much easier...

      CitizenA - 2011-01-06 16:43

      I agree. We have a right to know which schools these are so we can avoid putting our kids there.

  • Johann - 2011-01-06 11:34

    no!no! close the private schools down as the unions want it,that will solve the problem.

      JuJu - 2011-01-06 12:03

      @Nadja, he was sarcastic

      That_Girl - 2011-01-06 12:03

      Uhm, I think Johann was being sarcastic... :-/ Guess you missed that one...

      Absolutely - 2011-01-06 12:09

      I think there was just a sprinkling of sarcasm in Johann's comment Nadja.

      Pulverturm - 2011-01-06 12:10

      Nadja, I think he was being sarcastic :)

      Joe_Public - 2011-01-06 12:18

      If the competition is too tough and you can't win, just shut them down. Nothing like dropping the standards. Eh, ANC?

      ERS - 2011-01-06 12:29

      Nadja was on of the 238.......

      Log22 - 2011-01-06 13:20

      ERS is that on or one? Are you sure you are not "on" of them?

      warickw - 2011-01-06 14:11

      @ Nadja, did your school also have a 0% pass rate? @ Johann I think you have a good point but this will only work if we nationalize the mines and regulate the media.

      Gaanake - 2011-01-06 14:42

      Nadja, Nadja... will you please wake up???

  • Nam - 2011-01-06 11:35

    Where are the pricipal, teachers, subject advisors ? - they must be fired immediately. How on earth is it possible that not a single candidate pass at a school where 238 pupils sat for the exams. If I would have been a parent, I would held them responsible for this mess.

      Zoolie - 2011-01-06 12:07

      you cant fire them, they have the union telling the goverment how to run the country. so in otherwords, they will be firing themselves.

  • - 2011-01-06 11:37

    Please name and shame these schools and their principals and staff members. Their names need to be made public and they need to be removed from government service for neglect of duty and lack of responsibility. Most probably they would have received their thirteenth check over December which needs to be recovered. What a shame on our education authorities !!!!!!!!!!!

  • bill - 2011-01-06 11:37

    Of course the MEC's should go , but no chance of that happening in a party that supports failure.

      Rem - 2011-01-06 12:16

      So so true

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 12:40

      Yes, but in the same district there is schools with 100% pass rate, I'll say just fire the teachers or pay them according to their subject pass rate. 45% pass rate for maths, 45% of your salary.

  • Stuart - 2011-01-06 11:37

    whats happening to those teachers i wonder becuase it must mean these kids were failing all year then.....i would like to know if the principal and his staff will be held accountable as there is a portion of the blame to be laid at the students feet but come on wheres the teachers

      moiraine - 2011-01-06 17:51

      The trouble is, the kids just get pushed through all their school life. One of my students had to fight for her child to be kept back at the end of Grade 1, he could not read and could only write his name. The principal said it was fine, they will fail him at the end of Grade 3 if he still couldnt pass. How is he going to learn to read in Grade 2 if he cant learn in Grade 1! In the end she took him out of that school and sent him to another school where they let him repeat the year, and he passed the second year with flying colours and will be in Grade 2 next year. He is happy, confident and thriving. He would more than likely have been 1 of the 238 if he had carried on the way he was going. By the way, both schools were government schools, just had different attitudes from the staff.

  • nangamso1 - 2011-01-06 11:38

    18 schools get zero matric pass rate - I think the national education department must intervene and close such schools.this does not make sense how can not one student listen, read tell me guyz plz situations like these are killing or to say destroying our brother's, sisters and everybody's future.

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 12:41

      Yip, and it is usually every year the same schools.

      Zoolie - 2011-01-06 13:50

      omg another english teacher on the forum. PointBLANK do your job and educate those 18 schools on how to pass matric.

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-06 21:44

      Don't close the schools, appoint PROPER teachers and staff there which will do their utmost to try and do their actual job, not just sit on their behinds and join in vigorously (sp?) whenever there is a strike going on.

  • Kuifie - 2011-01-06 11:39

    Start firing from the top down. Its a disgrace if you have a school with more than 200 matrics and not even one of them make it (some of them were probably there for a second or third try)... I think they need to give the teachers and headmaster of this school some matric papers to write and see if they can pass it? Not good.

      ten.camels - 2011-01-06 12:19

      @kuifie I think you have a brilliant idea there, let all headmasters and matric teachers write the same papers at the same time as the pupils if their results for the previous year was less than a 70% pass rate

  • HappySaffer - 2011-01-06 11:39

    How can every pupil in a school fail? What did the teachers and pupils do all year, if they pitched up at all? And it's the same number of schools as last year!!! But I'll bet a months salary that these people are the same people who will vote the current government back in at the next elections, the same government who does nothing about these fundamental problems!

  • bokfan1 - 2011-01-06 11:40

    How can you fire the entire staff when it's apartheid's fault???

      Melly30 - 2011-01-06 12:06

      Its not apartheids fault... So get over it! ANC have messed up... They should of left the education alone... Look how all goverment schools have gone done the tube since 1994!!! TED was working - so why change it??!! Apartheid has been over for how many years and has nothing to do with the ANC failing once again... Look how long they have been in power for... Apartheid has been dead for years...

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 12:45

      Melly30, I think bokfan1 is being sarcastic, everything gets blamed on apartheid. That the Dep. of Science and Technology will also find after many millions of rands of research about the lightning strikes.

      Melly30 - 2011-01-06 12:57

      I am begining to loose Faith in our Country... This was such a beautiful place...

      T-man - 2011-01-06 13:17

      Shawn, please explain how can it be the blacks fault? your sentence make me doubt the capacity and power of you brain to perform its function, that if you do have a brain

      warickw - 2011-01-06 14:19

      I'm starting to wonder if anyone received a decent education or are there only a select few people that can pick up on sarcasm?

      Dean - 2011-01-06 16:04

      In 1956 I failed grade 1 because my teacher only spoke Afrikaans, not English. Only 6 out of 30 passed and at least two of those failed in later years. This was in the formative years of apartheid and affected those in the formative years of school. I eventually obtained a degree at Wits as well as post grad qualifications and today as a retired Engineer I am having to assist young professionals who were let down in their formative years, so need mentoring in the practical aspects to register. These matrics are only just coming out of their damaged formative years in the apartheid era. Hopefully they will continue to improve but those who's formative years were affected for longer periods, mainly in the rural areas will still find it hard going. Training in so many official languages also does not help as there are cultural barriers inherent in the system that can cause a whole school to fail. Unfortunately the lost generation of parents also affect the result. Melly keep up your faith in this country....In Britain they have better pass rates but totally undisciplined children. I don't know what is worse.

      Zion - 2011-01-06 18:44

      Dean, I started school in 1957 in Namibia. The primary school was a dual medium school with an extra class for German pupils. What always vividly comes to mind is the attitudes of the teaching staff. Discipline was always high on the agenda and it was a case of spoil the rod to spare the child. My backside burnt many a time and today I can only applaud those teachers for their dedication and professionalism. Throughout the seven years, from sub A to std 5, spent in that school there was only one failure in that class and that was in std 5. Then we as children did not know the meaning of the word apartheid and I believe it could not have affected us in any way. An ethic of desire to learn and please our teachers and parents was part of our lives. When I started school I could understand and speak Afrikaans and believe now, that had I entered school in an Afrikaans class I would have made the grade. Our community was predominantly Afrikaans.

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-06 21:47

      The saying goes "Spare the rod and Spoil the child"

      Shatters - 2011-01-07 10:36

      after 17 years you still blame apartheid? you won't be able to ride on that one much longer .. you have achieved NOTHING in 17 years regarding Education ..

  • larry-van - 2011-01-06 11:41

    Congratulations to all those who passed in spite of the teachers' strike. I trust that the striking teachers in those zero-pass schools realise and accept that they are largely, if not totally responsible for the failures. I would go so far as to say that is those teachers who failed, not the pupils.

  • NeonGirl - 2011-01-06 11:41

    This is shocking- and teachers should be held responsible. On the other hand though, poor upbringing from uneducated parents cause the kids to not study or take school seriously either. Disruptions in classes because there is no discipline. No one pitching up for class… no wonder the pass rate is so low. oh and let us not forget the strikes... sigh!

  • SiphovdMerwe - 2011-01-06 11:42

    I am more worried about a school which had only two pupils, and a 0% pass rate. This brings a whole new perspective to small classes being favored.

      Baas-Julius - 2011-01-06 12:27

      The school with only two pupils writing the exam probably copied from one another.

      Picasso - 2011-01-06 12:47

      If you look at the report the majority of the schools with 0% pass rate is very small schools with less than 20 pupils. It is normally the schools where Grade 12 and grade 11's share one classroom.

      Kyle_logan - 2011-01-06 14:00

      I think with this you have to wodner what time of school it is is, if it's for special needs children. If it's for children who are for lack of a better word, normal, then you have to wonder what the teacher was doing,and of course weather the children where even botherd with passing.

  • lldoidge - 2011-01-06 11:44

    You'll probably find that most of them shouldn't have been in matric anyway. The schools set and mark the exams for grade 11 and the other grades below. The pupils were probably steamrollered through the system and since it was so easy, they didn't think they needed to do much to pass this grade either! Heads should roll i.e. all the teachers, the headmaster, the local education heads and finally the MEC's for those provinces. Of course it is never going to happen so wait for the same results next year. You can always revert to blaming it on apartheid!!!!

      The horse - 2011-01-06 12:16

      stop this apartheid story you racist, this shows how swallow you are, everything everywhere is apartheid to you. we don't need this kind of negativity here, people should comment if they have sometime constructive to say, now stop it.

      moandco - 2011-01-06 12:31

      @The horse - I think lldoidge was being sarcastic when they mentioned apartheid. I agree with what they said.

      ERS - 2011-01-06 12:35

      @ what was constructive from what you posted....What lldoidge wrote is called sarcasm,you idiot

      d54 - 2011-01-06 12:37

      @ horse. The truth hurts eh!

      Paul - 2011-01-06 13:25

      It seems that most people commenting here are struggling with the concept of is one definition: Remarks that mean the opposite of what they seem to say and are intended to mock or deride. People in glass houses... (that's a reference to an expression and has nothing to do with actual houses made out of glass).

      Bryan - 2011-01-06 13:35

      @Horse you are making me scared with the authoritative tone in your comment, please man! I think you should become a teacher because you radiate discipline and will surley get a 100% pass rate...OR change your name to donkey or mule because your ar$e is racist!!!...and your comments are hackneyed and bore me!!

      warickw - 2011-01-06 14:22

      @ Horse do you normally find that people are swallow?

      lldoidge - 2011-01-06 16:01

      The horse. Please heed your own advice you twally! If you can read or understand my post please ask me to clarify. Then again don't as I don't it would be pointless trying to educate somebody like you that knows all but nothing!

      lldoidge - 2011-01-06 16:02

      Typo errors there!

      ray.romans - 2011-01-07 08:26

      @Bryan, I think Ass would suit him just fine.

  • Rainbow1 - 2011-01-06 11:46

    This is a terrible blow for transfomation in SA given that most of these pupils are from poor areas, and given the 99% pass rate in the IEB schools where the majority of pupils are from affluent backgrounds. The wealth gap will simply widen further. The blame must be placed squarly on the ANC government.

      durbsviking - 2011-01-06 12:29

      Rainbow - the 100% pass rates from public schools are NOT all IEB schools. Look at the results from Maritzburg College, DHS, Westville, Northwood, Glenwood in Durban. All public, many of the pupils are not even paying fees despite them being fee-paying schools. The Govt even took College to court 3 years ago over fees and WON!!. Good results come from the involvement of Parents Committees, Governing Bodies, dedicated management and committed teachers. Another point - where does "ANC Government" come from. We have a multiparty government where the ANC is the majority. It is a nuance I know, but people need to get over themselves. This is about the groups I have mentioned above. In KZN we have PDI's getting 9 distinctions, in Govt schools - how. It's a culture in the successful schools. Fire the Headmasters, fire the teachers. Educate the parents to their responsibilities. I refuse to admit that the situation cannot be fixed, but it requires involvement, not detached stone trowing from the posters here. This is not a criticism aimed solely at you - mainly at the other posters here - they know who they are - the ones that privately LOVE the poor performance of matrics because it justifies their jaundiced views.

      Francois - 2011-01-06 12:45

      ANC Government comes from the ANC government themselves when they hand out food parcels to uneducated people, durbsviking. It is when the ANC uses government resources to bolster their own chances at elections, but that may not say the ANC does it, because they will then admit that the party stole from government. Now unfortunately, it does not work out so well for government, but they wanted the label - thus full marks to Rainbow1. One out of every writing the exam (not mentioning those who did not even make it thus far) is a disaster - not something to celebrate - something the ANC led government did.

      Zion - 2011-01-06 13:05

      Durbsviking, despite your diatribe you mast take the historical aspect into consideration here. Unfortunately Colour must be taken into consideration even if you do not agree and to others it is not a race card tossed into the melee. White children stemming from their culture and background have a much sounder attitude and ethos relating to education. By black children this aspect of their lives seems to be neglected by their parents and society as a whole. In other words the lack of motivation to learn is not so strong and inbred. There are the exceptions. In one of the postings above I pointed out that my high school of the 1960's never had a matric failure in the 5 years I was there. The standard was higher then. Then it was normal for a school to have a 100% pass rate. Take a look at the educational level found in our total governmental structures then you will start to understand. If you can make president with grade 5or6 why bother to go further? Many black teachers do not even have matric. So in your last sentence you want me, us posters to do something? What? These posts are probably not read by teaching staff or a wide range of the adult population for that matter.I suggest you act more realistic. It will take another 17 years to educate the parents to their responsibilities and those parents that make up the 41% that failed this year. (The 67% is fraudulent and you aught to know it too).

      NicolaG - 2011-01-06 14:38

      @durbsviking - I agree that it is not only private schools that do well...I went to Parktown Girls' in Joburg and it is a public school. Back in 1998, it was also very multi-cultural, and we all worked hard and got 100% pass rate, no problem. I have one issue with your comment though: you say the government does not play a role in our schools' education systems (you put repsonsibility squarely on parents, teachers, governing body etc). While teachers and school managers play the most significant roles in a school, they are, unfortunately, very influenced and burdened by the government's policies and administrative demands. My mom was a brilliant grade 3 teacher for 30 years (at a public, black majority school in Gauteng) and loved, loved her job. Eventually, however, the changing (and largely ineffective) curricula and demanding administrative requirements from the Department of Education pushed her to a state of inertia. She spent more time writing reports and kow-towing to the Department's demands than she did teaching. She also became frustrated at the policies that required her to pass learners that clearly did not deserve to. She eventually resigned out of sheer frustration, and South Africa lost a wonderful, effective and productive teacher. So, the goverment (multiparty or whatever) does play a significant role in the education of SA's learners.

  • Melly30 - 2011-01-06 11:47

    Well done to the Goverment!!! You must be really proud of yourselves for RUINING our nations education... Hiring teachers that ARE NOT qualified to teach... It is proven that your SYSTEM has failed... Just like the BEE... WTF... These poor kids! What chance do they stand...

      JuJu - 2011-01-06 12:05

      Zero chance. They will become the next Julius Malemas.

  • Francois - 2011-01-06 11:47

    The government cannot fire the teachers since it will firstly lead to anomosity with Cosatu and Cosatu's organizational skills helps government in winning elections. Secondly, if people stay poor and uneducated they will continue to vote for a government that gives them free food. Thus forget about firing teachers, it will not happen. I think the rest of society must put shoulder to the wheel and help in educating the young. The fact that one out of three learners failed, is a disaster, not a reason to celebrate, but look at what the Minister did! That is not more bang of our tax money - that is feeding the monster the ANC is creating.

  • Sivuyile - 2011-01-06 11:47

    Any comments about this from our president ?????

      nissi - 2011-01-06 12:17

      What can Zuma do about this? Why did he appoint an education minister if they cant do the job? Leave Zuma out of this- the ministers and the so called DG's and MEC's memer and the school heads should be held liable for this.

      freeflyshannon - 2011-01-06 13:12

      The president wouldn't give a toss anyway.

      PB - 2011-01-06 15:24

      Nissi - have you ever heard of the saying "the buck stops here"? Zuma is the one who appointed idiots in departments which they are not able to run. It all flows down from there. Everyone along the line should be taken out.

      Dean - 2011-01-06 16:26

      Most of the comments here are negative. How many of you are willing to do something about the situation yourselves? It's fine running down others in authority who have a massive task to do with limited resources. The wealth of the country was exploited on a few for several years but now the government has to use limited finances to catch up a huge backlog....and who's fault is the backlog? Yes the affirmative action policy is also to blame as many who were qualified to teach were suddenly forced out of the picture. I wonder though how many of them would have been prepared to teach in the areas where there are large failures anyway. The answer must be more in creating sustainability than in trying to spread the limited skills base over a larger area.Any volunteers?

      Greg - 2011-01-07 09:00

      And Zuma finished which Grade - the highest one?

  • harry.wassermann - 2011-01-06 11:48

    i blame.....ummmm.....drugs!

      nissi - 2011-01-06 12:15

      While do you think drugs is responsible? Leave drugs alone- the nation leaders are just dump to do the right thing-

  • - 2011-01-06 11:49

    Ok, everybody is calling to fire the teachers, etc. but how many of the pupils actually did something extra to try and learn more? In the end it's in the hand of the pupils to determine their own success...

      Dean - 2011-01-06 16:28

      I agree but without basic formative training even that is limiting.

  • WiseOwl2 - 2011-01-06 11:51

    Teachers and the deparment have had 14 years to get their act together. Eishh cry this beloved country !!!!!!

      Mike - 2011-01-06 12:24

      1994 + 14 = 2008 where did the other two years go. Wiseowl my @ss

      rammstein.f4n - 2011-01-06 15:40

      @Mike, We are now in 2011... So another 3 years not 2.

      Dean - 2011-01-06 16:37

      It took the Japanese 15 years after the 2nd world war to get to the stage of manufacturing what we called Jap Crap in the early 60's yet by the 70's they were world leaders in the technology field. Our base is much smaller. We have 10 times less technically qualified people than they do yet our GDP improved way beyond expectations, so much so that the country does not even have enough electricity to cope with the improvement. "Cry the Beloved Country" referred to the damage done by I guess that is what you are referring to as your statement does not hold water when you look at the bigger picture.

  • mazwi.sthe - 2011-01-06 11:52

    some people are so dull, its genetic

  • Cistas - 2011-01-06 11:52

    This is really pathetic. Not only the teachers are to blame, the kids are also to blame ,did they take advanrage of the teachers strike and didn't take their studies seriously. There are so many schools that have done well even though thier circumstances were worse than those where none passed

      Dean - 2011-01-06 16:38

      On what do you base this assumption?

  • trippygrape - 2011-01-06 11:56

    EISH... eh... ANC EPIC FAIL!! Keep the masses illiterate, then you guaranteed a vote!!!

      JuJu - 2011-01-06 12:06

      i think that is the plan, keep them down, so we can keep spending big money on cars and luxury houses. Stupid government, this is not sustainable.

      ten.camels - 2011-01-06 12:29

      @trippygrape - why not stop schooling at gr3 when the masses have leant how to make the letter 'X'. Or to save money they could teach the alphabet starting from Z then the learner only needs to do gr1 LOL

      Dean - 2011-01-06 16:46

      Keep the critics comfortable and the illiterate will soon bypass them. The critics are generally as fooled by their own paradigms that they also vote for the same old party without thought. Hopefully the newly improved educated majority will be better than both and learn to think outside the box. After all the numbers actually equipped to perform are what count in the end. Statistics are deceptive.

  • fako - 2011-01-06 11:56

    probably the teachers involved don't teach their own kids.Their kids are taught somewhere in the surbubs, otherwise they would value their jobs.

  • Judgewc - 2011-01-06 11:59

    What's the use passing ? No Jobs

      Snoopy88 - 2011-01-06 21:14

      You can't expect to get a job with just a matric these days. Hell when I matriculated in 88 it was already pretty useless. And if you don't have maths and science prospects are even more limited. We need to have more technical schools where kids are taught to be plummers, electricians, technicians, etc. If you're not going on to university/college what's the point in doing matric with academic subjects?

  • Brenton - 2011-01-06 11:59

    How is this even possible? The responsibility lies with the parents, students and teachers, and in that order.

      goncalves.anso - 2011-01-06 12:26

      100% correct! It is not ALL the teachers faults!

      warickw - 2011-01-06 14:28


      JW - 2011-01-07 14:59

      Yes, in Afrikaans there is a saying: "Jy kan die perd tot by die water bring maar jy kan hom nie maak drink nie."

  • Paul - 2011-01-06 12:00

    Shoo an improvement in the overall pass rate with the teachers on strike ... I dont have a matric so cant work out the logic?

      Dean - 2011-01-06 16:48

      Dont worry. my brothers are less qualified than me and make much more money. A matric in some cases can be a can all defy logic.

  • Amelam - 2011-01-06 12:01

    The rot unfortunately starts long before matric. These pupils are the victims of politics, incompetency, nepotism and the search for mediocrity which has become a national culture. Don't forget that you can become the President or a Minister without a matric and go from rags to riches based on a political position (take the youth leader who scraped through matric with easy subjects and now calls the shots in the ruling party).

      Dean - 2011-01-06 16:51

      If you are in the mafia you get rich on street skills. It depends how you apply your competency, not what you are competent at.

  • JuJu - 2011-01-06 12:02

    Those teachers must be so proud

      Melly30 - 2011-01-06 12:14

      I don't think the teachers have the Brain Capacity to even think... This is why so many Matrics failed!!!

      Dean - 2011-01-06 16:53

      Melly. I assume you must have passed matric but your comment defies logic. The standards at your time must have been lower than today. Try looking at the bigger picture if you are capable.

  • Zoolie - 2011-01-06 12:03

    surely if a school has only 2 pupils in matric those kids have all the attention they need to pass with A`a, 238 pupils could be said it was group presure i think. Wonder why the western cape didn`t make the cut for this statistic.

      harry1 - 2011-01-06 12:19

      Where one has 2 pupils sitting for an exam it is usually a special school where the learners may have severe physical disabilities like deformed limbs, poor eyesight (technically blind) or hearing impaired. We will be well advised not to make insensitive comments about these learners.

      Dean - 2011-01-06 16:56

      The Western Cape did improve without the resources available in Gauteng, a financially more stable Province with a far more pressure to perform than WC which is somewaht laid back and still trapped in the apartheid way of thinking in many areas.

  • Jonathan - 2011-01-06 12:10

    SO what is actually going on in these schools? I thinks the educators are taking the Piss here. If 1 child had pass it would be a 100% improvemnet from last year. Sack the lot of them and do a better job...bottom line

  • Makgoana - 2011-01-06 12:11

    This is so sad, this mind pouchers (unworthy teachers) are disgrace to the nation, something drastic needs to be done, shame on them i hope they find a way to live with it as they gulb the 7.5% down their throat, do this children deserv this no i bet not, sureal most pupils affected live way below the economic threshold, as poor as they might be they still don't deserve to be underestimated, Im disgusted by this inconsiderate, egoistic mind pouchers

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      Zion - 2011-01-06 18:56

      Dean, your bombastic answers are becoming a pain in the backside now please give it a bone.

  • nissi - 2011-01-06 12:13

    I can see coming the death of education that happened in Nigeria, Togo,CIV, Ghana (though Ghana is trying to up things again) and other numerous Africa Country happening here again. Is it a cause for Africans to be in power? South Africa my beloved country- eish- cryingggggggggggggg

  • josephgumbo - 2011-01-06 12:15

    this is a frightening sad state of affairs that needs to be dealt with urgently

  • sefako - 2011-01-06 12:16

    Maybe JubJub use to drive past those school and scholars were scared to be hit by his mini

  • JustinD - 2011-01-06 12:17

    I wonder if the "teachers" at these schools are even qualified!!!! I doubt it.

  • Lesley - 2011-01-06 12:20

    Shocking stats! What is wrong with these learners and teachers? Whatever happened to (in my day) going for a matric exemption (i.e. university qualifying pass marks for those who don't know...) That is what we aimed for and got, regardless of our social/political/weather/personal issues.

      Dean - 2011-01-06 17:09

      You are talking about an economy boosted by Gold and limited to the priveleged based on race. You cannot compare apples with pears. Zimbabwe has a better stat for education. Perhaps you should go there.

  • Clive - 2011-01-06 12:22

    What the hell. Shocking is all i can say. At 18 schools. Damn.

  • devon palava - 2011-01-06 12:23

    what do you expect? 17 years into democracy and there are schools without proper sanitation and water. the mec can say what they feel but the truth is they have not delivered improvements to schools in the rural areas. i live in eSHOWE and there are schools on the towns door step without proper infrastructure like electricity,water&sanitation,windowless & doorless classrooms, no chalkboards and the dept of education very conveniently does not visit these schools but have the meetings and visits at the better equiped eSHOWE high school with all the facilities before democracy. the minister of education should resign for failing to deliver on the governments decision to improve infrastrusture in rural schools.nb and they still expect the learners and educators to produce results under these appalling conditions? in there next election promise devon palavar

      Mahasana - 2011-01-06 12:51

      If they were really thirsty for education the infrastructure wouldn't be an excuse.In my matric year, prior 1994 our maths and science periods were under the tree in a school in Willowvale.Guess what? we all passed.

      Ingie - 2011-01-06 12:55

      Well wonder why there are windowless windows and no running water. Firstly they break the windows with stones and 2ndly they keep taps running as somehow that side of the brain does not make their hands function to turn off taps. have seen this with my own eyes in public palces. The doorless doors have been used for firewood.. so must my list go on and on. Maybe they should now hire special teachers to teach the children who can teach their parents how lightening works and maybe they can tell Dube how and why this occurs - 2011-01-06 13:46

      To Mahasana. If what you say is true. You have my respect. Not that you need it. I admire people who try atleast to make a difference! GR.8

      Natsumi - 2011-01-06 15:55

      @Mashana... Dude, my hat of to you, who took a bad situation and made something of it even at a young age.

      lldoidge - 2011-01-06 16:16

      Don't use infrastructure as an excuse. Who broke those windows? Who stole those doors? It's time parents and pupils took responsibility for their schools and for their education. Also take responsibility via the governing body of the school to hire and fire teachers. If you really want to be educated you could do it anywhere and in any circumstances. There's a young lad from Gugulethu who's parents are dead and he lives in a shack on his own having to fend for himself. He is in the top of his class and has probably achieved an exemption. Why? Because he is hungry for an education and success. Pity more can't follow his example. Instead every excuse in the book is thought of except the only one and that is laziness and apathy!

      Dean - 2011-01-06 17:23

      R billions are being put into infrastructure, but the reality is that most areas of KZN are not sustainable. It costs up to R36000 to put in a Ventilated pit latrine (VIP) in a rural area like Nkandla compared to R4000 in Eshowe. Even flush toilets in Eshowe are cheaper than VIP's in most rural areas. Yet some of those schools in Nkandla, sitting on top of hills 8km from the pupils home, funded by Care Germany are achieving some of the top results in the country. Why? Because of the quality of the teachers, and the willingness of the pupils to walk the distance to get a better education..... Therein lies the crux of the matter... @ Ingie ... your assumption is ludicrous... broken windows in most rural Natal areas are caused by ground horn bills.. And doors and roofs fly off because of extreme weather. I've seen more vanadalism in former white schools which I attended than I see in the rural areas. Your paradigm presumably based on the struggle against appartheid years when Afrikaans was forced and Maths prohibited was a very different scenario.

  • goncalves.anso - 2011-01-06 12:23

    Before we start blaming the teachers, also have a look at the class attendance of the students

      lldoidge - 2011-01-06 16:18

      What are the teachers and the head master doing to change the pupils attitude? Most times the pupils follow the examples set by the teachers.