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47% quit school at Grade 10

2014-01-10 14:56

Alet Rademeyer, Beeld

Johannesburg - Almost half of the pupils who should have written matric last year had dropped out of the system at the end of Grade 10.

Their disappearance is one of the explanations for the increased pass rate of 78.2%.

Educational experts meanwhile warned about the systemic and “political” pressure on principals to push out under-achieving pupils.

A Beeld investigation found:

- Most pupils had disappeared between Grades 10 and 12 from the system in last year’s top two provinces, the North West and Free State;

- Of the 1 261 827 Grade 1s in 2002, only 171 755, or 13.6%, passed in 2013 with exemption to study for a degree; and

- Only 34.8% of the pupils who started school in 2002 passed matric last year.

Drop-out rate

Beeld’s comparison of the department’s official school enrolment figures showed thousands of the pupils who should have written matric last year dropped out in their Grade 11 year.

In her announcement of the rise in the pass rate on Monday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga hardly mentioned these pupils. At the end of her speech she said the number of pupils who did not pass or who dropped out had to be “drastically” reduced.

Educational experts say the high number of drop-outs negates any celebration to last year’s high matric pass rate.

In 2012 the drop-out rate was 20.8%, with 1 055 790 Grade 10 pupils dropping to 835 667 Grade 11 pupils in 2012.

Even more pupils (33.4%) had “disappeared” between Grades 11 and 12, a drop from 835 667 to 556 445, of whom 439 779 passed matric.

Gradual drop

Professor Jan Heystek, an education expert at the North West University, said all schools experienced a gradual drop in the number pupils from Grades 1 to 7.

This could be attributed to pupils who did not pass a year and did not return to school, no adults at home, or a shortage of money, which impacts on uniforms, transport, job opportunities and nutrition.

“Another important factor is what value the school system holds for pupils and parents. If they feel they will not get any financial or positive value, parents will not encourage children to stay in school.”

Other experts feel the high drop-out rate after Grade 10 has more to do with systemic pressure being put on principals; and pupils who do not have to be in school after they have turned 15.

Dr Jean van Rooyen and Professor Rika Joubert, education experts at the University of Pretoria, said government’s policy of promoting pupils to the next grade played a role.

Up until Grade 9 pupils may only fail each teaching phase once and pupils who fail again are promoted to the next phase. Up to Grade 9 pupils are assessed and developed throughout the year and they do not get experience in preparing for and writing exams. From Grade 10 to 12 the pupils are assessed primarily by tests and projects.

Van Rooyen and Joubert said teachers’ knowledge also played a role. In many districts, exam questions are drawn up by school groups. These more standardised assessments lead to many pupils dropping out between Grades 10 and 12.

Politics

Heystek said politics also had an influence on the pass rate. “Principals’ salaries are linked to the number of pupils they have. It is to their advantage to have as many pupils as possible, but the schools also do not want a poor pass rate so pupils who did not pass Grade 12 are not welcome back. If they do stay on, it will make the minister and the provincial department’s statistics look bad.”

She said district managers had the final say on the promotion of candidates and guided principals to be a lot stricter with the pass requirements in Grades 10 and 11.

Director of Communications and Research at the Department of Basic Education, Elijah Mhanga, said there were many reasons for the high drop-out rate.

Some pupils go to colleges for further education and training, some leave school to start work because they are heads of their households, and others clash with the law and end up in prison. Other reasons include home schooling and deaths.

“Another important factor is what value the school system holds for pupils and parents.”


Comments
  • kalabafazi - 2014-01-10 15:03

    I think all the stats and figures that have just been presented to us by The Beeld, have confused the bejesus out of Angie. The anc are becoming artists... Good at painting a rosy picture.

      Faahim Dajee - 2014-01-10 15:55

      Answer to the drop outs: Too busy assisting mummy and daddy at strikes and rallies, that would explain the disappearance.

      Mike Purchase - 2014-01-10 16:00

      Its because they get it for free.

      Mike Purchase - 2014-01-10 16:03

      So the actual pass rate is 30% less 47% which dropped out leaving us with a -17% pass rate.

      pws69 - 2014-01-10 16:12

      Yup, and Fransman of the ANC, the SACP, and various unions had SOOOOO much to say about the WC results. Yet WC had the LOWEST dropout rate between grades 10 to 12, so in fact have the highest pass rate because of the number that remain in the system. The WC also have the HIGHEST percentage of bachelor passes, and the HIGHEST percentage of further education passes (19,800 and 15,000 out of 40,000 total) i.e 87% of WC students qualified to study further, higher than the highest matric pass rates. Yes ANC sheeple, keep voting to be dumbed down as much as possible, with feel good but fake passes.

      Raoul Duke - 2014-01-10 16:52

      47% drop outs? Future eff supporters?

      Mike Heyns - 2014-01-10 18:46

      Red lights for government anc education! The reason for your "high" pass rate is also that "learners" are getting educated to realise when they are not going to be able to do it! Now that is Grade 10! What about Grade 11 or completing Grade 12?

      Gungets Tuft - 2014-01-13 09:14

      Mike Purchase - I guess you did Maths Literacy? Actual pass rate would be 70% of all the kids who started in 2002. So 439 779/1 261 827 - 34.8%. It's a horrible number but your sort of comment is not helpful.

  • Debbie Ryan - 2014-01-10 15:04

    No wonder the 2013 Pass Rate went UP!

      Amos Quito - 2014-01-10 15:18

      Exactly, The matric pass rate % measurement should be how many children started Grade 1 in 2002 and then how many passed Grade 12 in 2013

      Msindisi Kulati - 2014-01-10 16:12

      matric pass rate should be measured by the number of learners that registered for exams in that particular year. some of the learners that started grade1 in 2002 are either deceased or got disabled or even out of the country, and that should not have an effect on the matric pass rate. yes 30% pass mark is very bad for the quality of education, yes education in this country is of poor quality, and yes there is a lot to be improved in our education system. but to rate the 2013 matric pass rate based on learners that started grade1 11 years ago wont give the exact reflection of class2013 performance... just a thought.

      theo.ferreira.58 - 2014-01-10 17:00

      Msindisi, you bring up a good point but if you consider the national numbers in total you will eliminate cross-province moves. As for death and disability or emigration those numbers are so low by comparison they have almost no impact at this point where we are seeing fall through from grade 1 to 10 of 30-40% on a national level. The main culprit is people physically leaving school, to legitimately work, to "demand", to burden society, or, unfortunately....to commit crime

  • Thuto Moloi - 2014-01-10 15:05

    "Their disappearance is one of the explanations for the increased pass rate of 78.2%." huh, this does not make any sense. But I guess that because Zille wanted to probe, so any news media associated with 24.com will make this priority.

      Piet Venter - 2014-01-10 15:14

      ASUKA MAN Thuto ! ! !

      Victor Mendes - 2014-01-10 15:21

      Thuto what a pity you don't realise the seriousness of this.

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-01-10 15:25

      Well Thuto it does now more clearly explain why there is such a difference in rating between what the anc hands you and what the international graders credit SA education with. ie. one of the worst countries out of 144 countries that they graded. So it should be shame and not pride that we as a nation should be expressing. In real terms that is only 34.8% passed and the base pass mark was a pathetic 30% and only 13.6% passed with 50% or more.

      Thuto Moloi - 2014-01-10 15:27

      No Victor this is very serious, and it shows how poor our education system is. 47% of scholars just dropping out of the system is bad and will affect future unemployment, crime, and poverty. But how do you say 100 kids wrote an exam, 78 passed, and the reason they passed is because 47 percent of those who were in grade 10 with them did not make it to matric. Can we just accept that the kids who managed to write an exam passed because they made an effort to do so.

      Eben Van Derr Merwe - 2014-01-10 15:28

      Ai Thuto, this makes perfect sense, perhaps i'll explain this to you in simple terms 10000000 (Ten Thousand) athletes (runners) start the comrades (its a race), only 1000(one thousand) finish the race.... (you still with me???), what percentage succeeded, finished, passed, triumphed?????? I am sure you can work this out.

      Eben Van Derr Merwe - 2014-01-10 15:29

      Sorry man Thuto, now I confused the living crap out of you, Try again 10000 TEN THOUSAND

      Jacques Otto - 2014-01-10 15:38

      Ai Thuto how can we build a nation with people like you. Cant you see the scam. More than half the kids dont reach matric and the once that do pass with 33%. This is affecting mostly your own kids my brother how can you bring DA into this. Your children are left with no eductation and you want to paint it as a DA and media conspiracy. Shame Thuto such as shame

      Victor Mendes - 2014-01-10 15:38

      Thuto i have a feeling your comment may have been mis-understood after your reply, but fact is this education system is churning out a high amount of failiers and being hidden by only one stat the Matric pass rate

      Thuto Moloi - 2014-01-10 15:43

      @Eben your attempt to be funny is what's laughable. Anyways, what this all implies now is that, from now on, we must start looking at the matric results in the following manner, in 2001 this many kids started school, so in 2012 matric results stats will no longer be about how many kids wrote and passed, but it will be about how many kids started school and finished.. All this because a DA run province did not come in first, or second or third... hahaha, shame...

      Luzuko Mtoyi - 2014-01-10 15:46

      @Jonathan Woods, I think on this one, I will disagree with you. International Grading people are the same as the people that Grade RSA BBB+ and grade the USA AAA+, when the USA is practically BROKE! And it is a known fact that we ( in RSA) love this international thing. I know of people during my time when I was working for some multi-nationals, you would get a guy who is said "to be very internationally travelled etc" being elevated! One or two days later, the same HR & Management would be telling anyone who cares to listen, that this guy is 'useless', he is all talk and no action!

      reality - 2014-01-10 15:57

      Thuto..an easy example... If you have 10 learners writing and 1 pass then the pass percentage = (1/10) x 100 = 10% If you have 5 learners writing and 1 pass then the pass percentage = (1/5) x 100 = 20% If you have 1 learners writing and 1 pass then the pass percentage = (1/1) x 100 = 100% As you can see if less learners write then the pass % increase

      justanotherguy.fromsa - 2014-01-10 16:03

      Yoh, the stupid is strong in this one.

      reality - 2014-01-10 16:15

      @Luzuko Mtoyi wrote..when the USA is practically BROKE! I honestly do not know where you get this "New York - The US shale oil boom has put refineries in Europe out of business and undercut crude suppliers in west Africa. Now drillers in the US threaten to roil Asian markets and challenge producers in the Middle East and South America. Fifteen European refineries have closed in the past five years, with a 16th due to shut this year, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), as the US went from depending on fuel from Europe to being a major exporter to the region. Nigeria, which used to send the equivalent of a dozen supertankers of crude a month to the US, now ships fewer than three, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). With US exports of petrol and other refined products hitting a record last month and the country on pace to become the largest oil producer by 2015, five years faster than the IEA’s earlier forecasts, industry advocates such as Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski are calling for an end to 39-year-old limits on US crude exports. " This was published on January 9 2014 at 10:53am Search for "US oil gush redraws global map" "The Australian dollar is lower after the release of some good US employment data and the minutes of the US Federal Reserve's December policy meeting." Jan 9 2014

      reality - 2014-01-10 16:21

      @Luzuko Mtoyi "A report from payrolls firm ADP showed that US private-sector job growth surged in December, topping November for the strongest pace of the year with 238,000 jobs added." Why do you think the rand is nearing R 10.80 to the dollar...because the US is broke?

      Vaal Koos - 2014-01-10 16:52

      Reality,if you owe somebody 18 trillion dollars and it`s growing and you can`t pay it back,you are broke my china.

      reality - 2014-01-10 16:55

      @Vaal koos wrote - Reality,if you owe somebody 18 trillion dollars and it`s growing and you can`t pay it back,you are broke my china. Now why would anyone ask their money back if you have assets of 100's of trillions of dollars and they get a nice return on their money? Do you really think the banks in South Africa as an example would ask their money back from house owners all at once?

      reality - 2014-01-10 16:57

      @Vaal Koos. You also of course know that 18 trillion dollars is only +- 1 year of GDP for the USA?

      reality - 2014-01-10 17:00

      @Vaal Koos That would mean ALL the banks in the world are broke because all of them has lent out 90% plus of their money and if all people ask their money back they no bank in the world would be able to repay immediately because it is all tied up in assets. Vaal Koos, you obviously do not have a clue how it works my china.

      Adrian van der Merwe - 2014-01-11 17:37

      No common sense in place here, might as well argue with a tree!

      DolceLucy - 2014-01-13 09:37

      did you finish Gr12?

  • Victor Mendes - 2014-01-10 15:20

    So if you take the "pass Rate" of 78.2% and multiply it by the actual matric exam writers of 2013 (53%) the pass rate is actually 41.44% Shocking the means less half the people who started school 12 years ago now have Matric.

      Mandy Pepler - 2014-01-10 15:26

      Shocking stats, plus how many of the less than 50% passed with 30% ?

      Victor Mendes - 2014-01-10 15:40

      Mandy, you just made the problem worse but very valid point.

      Luzuko Mtoyi - 2014-01-10 15:50

      @Victor, when calculating, you take ACTUALS not "what would have been". Come on boss, I know you hate the ANC, but how can you brazenly lie like that? In Maths or even Statistics ( where things like extrapolation are allowed), you use actually data given. In this instance, you would look at the ACTUAL pupils who wrote matric. Drop-outs are a bad picture on their own and need a separate addressing! You are muddying the waters, Sir

      Victor Mendes - 2014-01-10 16:01

      At Luzuko change your thinking, this is not about hating ANC its about how poor our Education system is. I know you take ACTUALS but the problem ACTUALLY is that the ANC will not tell how many matrics ACTUALLY passed on 30%, maybe you can ACTUALLY get those figures from your ANC masters we can get an accurate figure. However you assessment of me lying is incorrect and shows contempt at anything putting your ANC in a bad light.

      justanotherguy.fromsa - 2014-01-10 16:05

      Luzuko you seem to have gone full retard. Unbelievable that anybody can be this stupid.

      Luzuko Mtoyi - 2014-01-10 16:10

      @Victor, I am very amenable to support any party not just the ANC. I have no emotional or sentimental attachment to the ANC. I have come up on these forums in support of Zille where I feel she is being attacked unjustly.... What I love is a good debate and finding solutions for this country. The ANC has not dressed itself in GLORY, but to bash everything they do for the sake of it and even 'deliberately misunderstanding them' just to ridicule them is not going to FIX this country. If the DA was an alternative, and they had enough support, they should have taken over by now! The ANC has bumbled a couple of times and the DA has been screaming about those bumbling mistakes. But the DA remains 'Official opposition' for most of the better part of our democracy!I would have hoped that they would change tact

      Victor Mendes - 2014-01-10 16:22

      Luzuko when you debate then don't bring political affiliations and make accusations stick to the topic and the debate is then simple how can we get the proper figures and see the "real" pass rate. It worries me when less then half the matrics who started school ten years ago pass, what happended to the rest of them? Lets try get the full picture this is scary.

      Francois-Jacques Malan - 2014-01-10 16:54

      Well 41% is still a lot more than 30%, so the ministers think they passed splendidly!

      Frank Coetzee - 2014-01-10 18:15

      Luzuko Mtoyi - I am sort of in the same boat where I vote for what I think is best and not emotionally so I think you must gave up on this subject. If you look carefully ANY complaint against poor education, including blaming the ANC on misleading improvement, IS to the BENEFIT of all our children from whatever race and should be supported regardless political views. The same as the e-toll saga it should also draw people from all races (and it seems parties) together because waste of money, corruption and poor education is BAD for everybody.

  • Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-01-10 15:25

    So Angie, you were lying, right from the start. More votes lost.

      Luzuko Mtoyi - 2014-01-10 15:56

      @Colin, I thought this was about our precious little boys and girls, not 'more votes'. Is Helen raising the rabble for votes, then? I don't know Helen to be like that. You give the DA a bad name. I am sure Helen will be amused! I always worry about the people that Helen surrounds herself with. Poor Helen

      Mike Purchase - 2014-01-10 16:08

      Helen for president

  • Sumthing Craze - 2014-01-10 15:34

    The school system has to be changed...the pass mark is another thing...the school system should prepare pupils to become employers not employees, they should not put much energy on teaching them how to write a CV but a business plan and how to implement it...agree or...?

  • Luzuko Mtoyi - 2014-01-10 15:39

    "..Educational experts say the high number of drop-outs negates any celebration to last year’s high matric pass rate....". And who are these EXPERTS? Shouldn't they be telling us WHY and WHAT are the circumstances that lead to drop-out? This is a tired "EXPERT" opinion. The ANC are not angels and you cannot put anything past this bunch, but these "EXPERTS" who seem to be swayed by certain opinions and play into the hands of those people can hardly be called EXPERTS. Let the EXPERTS go back and find out the reasons for us. The same EXPERTS are forever trying to tell us that the playing fields have levelled now, so ditch EE/AA and telling us "Black middle class NOW earns more than a normal White house-hold...". This country needs to grow up!

      Shiraz Mohideen - 2014-01-10 16:02

      u have ur anc, they supposed to be telling you what and why. That's what we pay them for. These 'experts' have nothing to gain personally, however the anc has lots to gain from masking the truth. Instead of complaining about the expert (just because he's white) be thankful u have an alternative opinion, so that we all don't have to swallow the BS from the anc.

      Victor Mendes - 2014-01-10 16:07

      Luzuko I agree starting with you get your ANC masters to give proper details so we can ACTUALLY sort this problem out. That's if you are serious about this. PS get that black/white crap out of your head.

      Mike Purchase - 2014-01-10 16:09

      This country needs leaders who have integrity.

      Vaal Koos - 2014-01-10 16:55

      BEE/AA IS NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF.It`s for loosers

  • Sam Sankambe - 2014-01-10 15:43

    South Africans must vote for EFF so that we can end this ZANC nonsense. DA is not worthy to be called an opposition party because it has done nothing to stop the ZANC,it is just a political party like ACDP,IFP,COPE and others. Asijiki

      Shiraz Mohideen - 2014-01-10 15:57

      What has the EFF done to stop the ZANC?

      Mike Purchase - 2014-01-10 16:10

      What have you done to stop them,aha i thought so.Know what we can see right through you.

      Nic Mechanic - 2014-01-10 16:11

      if you can't get back under your rock Sam, go play somewhere in the traffic....

      Johann Van Wyk500 - 2014-01-10 19:01

      dafaq did i just read? Maybe they drop out becuase of money issues or just arrogance, thinking that they now have obtained 'education' and start to look for work. Once they have realized their mistake and are 'informed' on how things work in the real world;... just cry wolf and blame someone, something or play the overused race card. Lets go toi-toi, violently,maybe burn a school down, perhaps a library, in your own neighborhood. My god, and your type (not race, but mindset) is runnining this country... Wtf!

      Sam Sankambe - 2014-01-10 19:18

      EFF is campaigning for members and telling people about their policies unlike your DA that always sees ANC mistakes. Many black people still think that DA will bring back apartheid because you are not telling them your policies.Ke nako ya EFF. Viva Fighters viva

      Sam Sankambe - 2014-01-10 19:21

      We are going to stop them at the elections.

      Clayton Stiemie - 2014-01-12 14:28

      The problem i have with EFF is that it promotes communism (that leads to poverty and often dictatorships - not wealth and democracy). The term "fighters" also puts me off. Things get broken down in fights e.g property and relationships with other people. What this country needs is unity so we can build and grow. EFF is the exact opposite of what we need for SA right now.

  • Faahim Dajee - 2014-01-10 15:54

    Answer to the drop outs: Too busy assisting mummy and daddy at strikes and rallies, that would explain the disappearance.

      Mike Purchase - 2014-01-10 16:11

      Absolutely!

      Verity Fourie - 2014-01-10 21:53

      @Faahim Dajee, you must think it a joke? Do you have any idea how many rural households are child headed? Do you know how many grannies are left to raise their many grandchildren on social pension? Those children are not helping mummy and daddy striking, as you say, 'cos there is no mummy and daddy Faahim. If their father hasn't deserted them then their parents have died of aids. It is a something you don't see traveling to work and back but it exists and if you think it is a joke then what would you say if all these young miserable unemployed drop outs were now EFF supporters with a chip on their shoulders? They look up to Malema as someone who cares when nobody else does. And what has the government done for these black people? The state is building A quarter of a billion rands worth of housing for one president. The state is buying cars and holidays and Nandos for the politicians who are getting fatter and lazier by the day. It is criminal! But you know what, the poorest of the poor will elect the same party over and over again and their hardship will be repeated over and over again. Life is not about 1+1=2 in Africa, it is a gifted continent but it is also a tragedy ruled by one suppressor after another. There is no dignity in ignorance and poverty. A school drop out is not a matter for anyone to sarcastically joke about, It is an indictment on the rulers of this country.

  • Mageba - 2014-01-10 15:57

    And there you have it. A clearer picture has now been presented.

  • alexandriantokozo.nxumalo - 2014-01-10 15:57

    Dropping out of certain Grade 10 students is not a reason for the pass rate to be distorted, if the majority of those who dropped out had passed this would have meant the current figures I have been understated. In other means people have made an assumption that those drop out we're going to fail

      Victor Mendes - 2014-01-10 16:12

      Now we getting somewhere but then is there a way to to find out why the drop out rate is so high in the first place?

  • Lunetic Mental - 2014-01-10 16:06

    they got mixed up with "standard ten" and "grade ten"

  • Faahim Dajee - 2014-01-10 16:16

    @Claudia, sad yet true.

  • Revaro Winkler - 2014-01-10 16:21

    ja these da aafrika forums and all these other conspiracy teorist always have a negative opinion these kids that have droped out of school made a decision not to finish now what must the governmant do if the parents did not force the kids to go to school if your kid dont want to go to school you must force him to go

  • Udzai Munhumumwe - 2014-01-10 16:22

    With an uneducated showerhead as President, what do you expect?

  • Ria Cook - 2014-01-10 16:23

    We are not surprised, are we? Only the people who thought there are at least some people at the Dept. Education who can do sums, should be surprised.

  • Msindisi Kulati - 2014-01-10 16:34

    viva DA.. i think DA is the answer to this mess.

      Msindisi Kulati - 2014-01-10 17:04

      again, im proven right. you dont have to make a valid point at N24, only sing praises for DA, then you are smart and they will love u.... F...DA, and to hell with your thumbs up for saying "viva DA".

      Sam Sankambe - 2014-01-10 17:44

      Lol, is this a joke or what?

  • Andile S'nethemba Mdaka - 2014-01-10 16:39

    How many went to Fet's since some courses like the NCV require grade 9 pass

  • Freddy van Wijk - 2014-01-10 17:04

    It shows the economic plight of those pupils/parents involved. Most of the truth behind all this will probably never be known because it will be covered up.

  • Sadrick Lottering - 2014-01-10 17:40

    Very interesting

  • Percy Boitumelo Ledwaba - 2014-01-10 18:08

    Clearly cANCer cannot see tht they r killin the future of the young africans. This young africans needs your help, but all u can giv is a name. callin tht ama "drop outs". Y??? Im a 30yrs old "drop out" so judge me if it maks u feel beta bt i wont giv up or commit suicide bcause i dnt hav an "ANC" matric certificate. change your system is borin the youth maar its too late now.

  • Furchtlose Löwen - 2014-01-10 18:10

    If people don't change their mind set into some thing positive. We as a country will not advance in life.

  • manqoba.zulu.54 - 2014-01-10 18:12

    Is it me or people now are naturally stupid and decide to take no interest at all in the building of this country, if my chilled decide to stop going to school, how is this the government's faulty, as a responsible parent it is my duty to ensure that my child go to school everyday, is supported at home to succeed and do well with school work, if my child is naturally not gifted, I won't force the issue but I will do my best to ensure that the child is skilled and successful in what ever skill the child pursue, I congratulate and celebrate the class of 2013, I won't keep moving the post to suit my argument as I know in no country will every child make it to university. Its just common sense, it does not need an expert

      Percy Boitumelo Ledwaba - 2014-01-10 19:50

      ??? u ya bheda sbali.

  • Jannie Van Dyk - 2014-01-10 18:14

    I have 1st hand experience of this now. 4 Headmasters told me Govenment policy is that if your child completed grade 9, Government is not obliged to give him or her place in a school. We moved to Cape Town and applied to 4 schools in Northern Suburbs - 3 says we are outside of the feeder area according to Schools Act of ?? and the 1 nearest says they are full and are under no obligation to create space for my son. My son is an average achiever i.e. 60% average and take part in surfing as a sport and not your run of the mill rugby, netball, hockey player. Why is it that only 90% achievers or very good sports kids with below average academic achievements get to choose a school of their choice. Only one reason: School's image I presume. Needless to say, who can help me getting my son into a school, PLEASE!!! Private schools are available yes, but which middle class family in today world can afford between R80 - 100000 per year JUST in school fees, not books, uniform, sport, etc. ANY ADVICE/HELP will be appreciated as my son needs to go to school

      Percy Boitumelo Ledwaba - 2014-01-10 19:58

      GOOD LUCK Van Dyk.

      Sue Cheyeza Mashele - 2014-01-10 20:10

      Jannie, go to the District with your child's report and transfer card. Also ask the school that have rejected you for a waiting list number or rejection letter. The District HAS to inform one of the schools in writing that they must accept your son. (If you don't know where the district is ask from the school. They will know and they should have referred you there) goodluck!

  • The Philosopher's Stone - 2014-01-10 18:24

    - Of the 1 261 827 Grade 1s in 2002, only 171 755, or 13.6%, passed in 2013 with exemption to study for a degree; and - Only 34.8% of the pupils who started school in 2002 passed matric last year. Let's see these stats being used in the ANC election campaign!

  • Mfelasakhe Mahlangu - 2014-01-10 18:37

    The issue of the dropout rate is more complicated and it needs a much more research. I also believe that attributing such a complex issue to "culling" borders on mischief.Even more mischiveous is linking it to the pass rate pass rate. As long as politicians lead public debates on these critical issues we are doomed. I am dissapointed in the "experts" whose comment do nothing other than feeding to the ongoing mischief.

  • Louis - 2014-01-10 18:38

    Is there no way we can declare Angie as a National Key Point? No more photo's please!

  • Mntungwa KaNdlovu Wamntungwa - 2014-01-10 18:50

    This can't be denied, it's factual it's correct, one just needs to look at the number of teens wandering in and around our communities, most of them of school going age.

  • Legote Seitiso Milford - 2014-01-10 19:00

    SO WE TO

  • Tony da Cruz - 2014-01-11 10:00

    The ANC is now populating the country with stupid. Stupid still has value, a vote !

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-01-11 11:37

    Where is Zuma now with his remark that whites think blacks can't learn?. Poor Angie got so upset, she bought a new wig. But let's give it to her, she at least told us something we can believe.

  • Adrianh - 2014-01-11 20:48

    I are passed matriek in 2013 and I are now goes to be a a bsc bekause da anc is going to gives me da papers becuse i voted for them 2+2 times which is 7 times...

  • Spartacus - 2014-01-13 09:00

    OK so that is the pool out of which our Showerhead President is going to create his 6 000 000 jobs - L O L L O L L O L

  • Spartacus - 2014-01-13 09:32

    What on earth happened ? . . . are not these the "free" generation

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