Gauteng matric pass rate gains momentum

2012-01-05 16:00

Johannesburg - For the first time in eight years, Gauteng's matric pass rate has risen for a second consecutive year, the province's Education MEC Barbara Creecy said on Thursday.

"We have succeeded in breaking what I call the yo-yo pattern which has bedevilled our results since 2003," she said at an awards ceremony for Gauteng's top achievers for 2011 in Johannesburg.

"I congratulate you all today for the sterling team work and collective effort that has once again resulted in Gauteng improving its results by 2.5% to 81%."

In 2011 a total of 85 367 candidates wrote the national senior certificate examinations in Gauteng. A total of 69 216 candidates passed, with 30 073 qualifying for a bachelor's degree.

Matriculants got a total of 33 989 distinctions, with 1 457 distinctions in maths and 1 492 in physical science.

Gauteng's best performing school in Gauteng was Horskool Waterkloof.

"I am once again happy to announce that not only have we succeeded in improving the percentage of matric passes, we have also succeeded in improving the percentage of learners who achieved a bachelor's pass from 33% to 35%," Creecy said.

On Wednesday Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced in Pretoria that 70.2% of matrics passed last year's exams - up from the 67.8% in 2010.

In 2009, 60.7% of matrics passed the exams. In 2008, 62.5% of matrics passed.

  • Larry - 2012-01-05 16:10

    Drop the required Pass rate and you will get this.

      daniel.malhoenner - 2012-01-05 16:31

      Yip, they should just drop the pass rate to 0% and then {angel choirs singing} the pass rate will be 100%.

      Spyker - 2012-01-05 16:45

      Do not bet on it daniel.malhoenner.., With the standard of mathematics (aka meddermetix) in SA, even with a 0% mark-to-pass-requirement, they will still get it wrong... It is difficult to comprehend what it is that the ANC is trying to achieve. At least when somebody fails, then they know that they do not have the aptitude - the ANC (on the other hand) is creating a generation of fools, of the highest order, namely.., THE FOOL THAT DOES NOT KNOW THAT HE/SHE DOES NOT KNOW...

      Willie - 2012-01-05 17:11

      Larry we having a problem in this country how can we celebrate mediocrity,this is clearly sub-standard.The only reason the goverment celebrate this nonsense is to tell iggnorant followers that they are in contrl and they are working

      Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-05 17:14

      So what was the pass rate during your time of higher standards?

      Denise - 2012-01-05 17:20

      Some 70.2% of matrics passed last year's exams - up from 67.8% in 2010. Unfortunately, of these, only 24.3% obtained university entrance.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-05 16:22

    60 216 more unemployed people. With little prospect of finding a job.

      Peter - 2012-01-05 17:43


      Liz - 2012-01-06 08:48

      Much the same situation all over the world ... and in some developed countries the second generation of people who never found meaningful and gainful emloyment is beginning to emerge.

  • Sean - 2012-01-05 16:35

    Class of '11 are victims of this propaganda machine. Years to come employers will know that the level of education for 2011 was poor and will overlook those candidates. And when that time comes THEY the government will show no remorse.

  • Wouter - 2012-01-05 16:44

    ?????????????? To obtain a pass, a pupil must achieve 40% in his or her home language as well as 40% in two other subjects and three subjects at 30%.

      Peter - 2012-01-05 17:42


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  • Kwena - 2012-01-05 16:53

    I am very happy for all matriculants who made it well, on the other hand i ll like to dedicate a massege to our government to strategise on finding a way of absorbing graduate after their studies, hence is the government's pathetic weakness

  • Ryan - 2012-01-05 16:59

    How many articles are going to written by News24 to reflect this perceived positive notion in SA matric results? Is there a bias popping in? But this is very obvious: lower the standards of education and you'll raise matric pass rates. Higher pass rates don't necessarily reflect quality education.

  • Marc - 2012-01-05 18:06

    Instead of congratulating themselves, the ANC should study the Global Competitiveness Report: Ranked out of 142 counties, South Africa stands as follows (p.323): (1) Quality of primary education - 127/142 (2) Primary education enrollment - 118/142 (3) Quality of education system - 133/142 (4) Quality of math and science education - 138/142 Sri Lanka in the same categories ranks: 45, 49, 40 and 55 Zimbabwe: 68, 96, 33, 57 Nigeria: 105, 138, 65, 102 Namibia: 111, 103, 122, 121 Botswana: 57, 112, 58, 70 Kenya: 67, 123, 27, 56 The ANC education minister has NOTHING to be proud of.

      ozzie.oz1 - 2012-01-05 18:16

      Marc, I am copying this for my blog - thanks :)

      Rob - 2012-01-05 20:26

      Marc: Thanks, you pre-empted me. What it means is that any student who worked and really has good abilities ends up with a qualification that has been devalued by the SA government in order to achieve political brownie points. What seems to escape the majority of contributers to this blog, and I would guess the general public, is that the pass rate is nothing more than a political farce. A certain pass level is selected (70% seems to be the current choice) and then the education machine is rolled out to exceed that level. The resulting pass rate, on its own, is meaningless except as a reflection of the maipulation of the education system. Of course it is useful to assess how individual students perform against the average, BUT whatever value judgements are formed it is essential to position the SA results against international performance as you suggest. Overall SA's performance is abysmal but it will take a tsunami to change the system.

  • ozzie.oz1 - 2012-01-05 18:13

    It has only risen because the standard was dropped. Eish where do these idiots come from!

  • Leah - 2012-01-05 21:17

    Horskool Waterkloof...awesome spelling "Gauteng's best performing school in Gauteng was Horskool Waterkloof."...awesome English skills.

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