Don't give up, failed matrics told

2011-01-06 10:02

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday urged those who had failed the 2010 matric exams to try again.

"Those who have not succeeded should not despair. They should take advantage of the options made available by the department such as supplementaries and re-writes instead of declaring themselves losers," she said in Pretoria.

"With additional effort they will succeed... they will win."

She said teacher development would be intensified in 2011 and that more staff would be recruited to make progress in all spheres of education.

The department would concentrate on school infrastructure because it affected teaching and learning.

Libraries would be rehabilitated and sanitation, security and water supply problems would be addressed.

She said provinces had committed themselves to prioritising budgets.

The department also wanted to ensure that all pupils between Grade 10 and 12 had workbooks in all major subjects in 2011.

"The ultimate goal is to create a cultured, values-driven citizen," she said.

  • Logs01 - 2011-01-06 10:16

    Try again next year. It should be "easier" To sustain the growth in anual pass-rate, they can; 1. Up the standard/quality of teaching. More pupils pass 2. Drop the standard of exam papers. More will pass 3. Drop required 30% to pass further to 25%. "Help' more pass 4. "Mark" papers more "conservatively". "Help" more pass 5. "Adjust" results positively. "Help" more pass. My bet is on a combination of points 2 - 5. If it goes on like this, they will be handing out Matric Certifcates for "good" attendance and behaviour, in a couple of years.

      Pete_Tong - 2011-01-10 17:12

      Yep, make it easier and issue matric along with birth certificate.

  • Treborani - 2011-01-06 10:18

    "The ultimate goal is to create a cultured, values-driven citizen,"...... Yeah, riiiiiight !

      IandI - 2011-01-06 10:38

      "A cultured, values driven citizen"= tenderpreneur

  • Lucyinthesky - 2011-01-06 10:19

    Don't give up, failed matrics- next year it will be 10% easier to pass.

  • Greg - 2011-01-06 10:28

    All good to make the promises Angie, but to make good on them is another story. How many years in a row have the Learners been hearing about the rehabilitation of all facilities, how books will be available, how budgets will be managed properly? How many years has this, on a substantial bais, happened? Quality education is essential, Learners who make the grade because of their own efforts is essential in the building of this country. Educator's who themselves are educated properly at Tertiary level are paramount to the success of the Learners at school level. Words are easy and come cheap - in the doing lies the effort, and in order to make ours a great, not mediocre, country, this will reap benefits in the future. To all those Learners who passed - well done - to those who didn't, understand why you didn't, and to those areas where you fell short, pay attention, work hard, ask, garner assistance - pride has no place. You can do it. Your first belief must be in yourself, and work from there.

      Greg - 2011-01-06 10:29

      Sorry, meant 'on a substantial basis' lol.........

      modefan - 2011-01-06 10:59

      Shame, the teachers don't have much to work with, all the good genes have left the country already, they are very busy trying to develop a system that would allow a lower IQ level to my day, nobody was even worried about failing, we were worried about getting a 'B' or 'C'

      Titties&Beer - 2011-01-12 18:08

      Life's so boring that one has to reply to your own opinion?

  • Madeleine - 2011-01-06 10:43

    I don't believe the results for one minute. They think we are all idiots. There is no way a dramatic increase of this nature could have occurred this year with the disruptions, strikes etc. The "upping" of marks of 9 subjects? That is crazy. What on earth will happen at university - will they all simply fail? Our government is so short-sighted, it really is a joke. These "results" have been manipulated in a major way to make them look good and should in any event be calculated against those who sat the exam. Again, we are not idiots - you can't pull the wool over our eyes. No transparency will be permitted by the government so we will never find out the truth.

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

      I totally agree, its does not add are they saying the pupil from previous years were dum, they were not motivated that they spent more time studying with less destructions but failed to be better. there is no way

  • Crispy_Duck - 2011-01-06 10:49 can still become president of the ANCYL!

      Pete_Tong - 2011-01-10 17:15

      well having made it all the way through grades 6-9 would actually make you over qualified for the position. We wouldn't want an ANCYL leader that confuses the masses with unnecessary intellectual mumbo jumbo. We want to keep it simple.

  • modefan - 2011-01-06 10:51

    Don't Give Up matrics! Because next year the standards will be lowered again!

  • Andy49 - 2011-01-06 11:27

    Why not just introduce Matric certification in Grade 9 for good attendance & average 75% results. The last 3 years will become a waste of time if they continue to trivialise the pass rate, that way the learners can get a 3 year start on their vacations as there are too few jobs for them anyway.

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      logical007 - 2011-01-06 19:30

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  • trippygrape - 2011-01-06 12:04

    Students, the ANC has FAILED you AGAIN. ANC loves Johnny Walker as they believe they can keep walking but with the drunk idiotic ideas, they just keep failing. Students, look at it this way, the ANC has WASTED a WHOLE YEAR of your LIFE!

      Steve - 2011-01-06 13:22

      LOVE IT

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-01-06 13:07

    Seriously, if you can't pass Matric, regardless of having teachers or not, you must be very stupid.

  • miles1zn - 2011-01-06 13:37

    Dont even bother next year. If these kids couldn't pass this year with inflated marks as requested by the government, then they definitely have no hope for next year. Dumb asses.

  • logical007 - 2011-01-06 19:28

    GIVE UP!!! IF YOU CANT GET 30% RIGHT, when the exam asks you for your opinion - cant get that question wrong now can you? Do what ANCYL does Blame the WHITE person!

      LADYD - 2011-01-07 11:02


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  • AJ - 2011-01-12 09:04

    Uh, if the pass mark was 30% and the marks were also adjusted upwards, and you still didn't pass, then I disagree - GIVE UP!

  • exocist - 2011-03-25 14:53

    don't give up you can always buy it

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