IFP Youth questions matric quality

2012-01-04 21:13

Cape Town - The Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade welcomed the 70.2% matric pass rate on Wednesday but questioned the quality of the National Senior Certificate.

"I am happy that the matric pass rate has stabilised... but I am somewhat concerned about the quality of the actual pass," national chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said.

He questioned whether the certificate would equip pupils with the right skills to excel at tertiary education institutions.

Of concern was the high dropout rate of first year students at such institutions, he said. A total of 348 117 pupils passed their exams. Of these, 24.3% obtained university entrance.

The national pass rate was 67.8% in 2010.

In 2009, the pass rate was 60.7%.

  • alainheidtmann - 2012-01-04 21:26

    But are people aware that the passing rate for standard grade is 30%!

      Sean - 2012-01-04 21:35

      30 % to pass ????? No wonder the pass rate went up ! LOL , WHAT A F@CKEN BANANA REPUBLIC !!

      Sterling - 2012-01-04 21:59

      The press in SA didn't tell the public that the passing score has been lowered to increase the passing rate. In the US one has to make seventy on the exams to pass and in SA the passing score is forty.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-04 22:24

      Take the mark ajustment into consideration and the idiots just had to get 20% to get a matric.

  • Alan - 2012-01-04 21:26

    A valid question. When I matriculated you did not pass unless you got a 40% aggregate. I stand open to correction of what I've heard on the 2010 class that the top 15% got 40% and above, yet 68% passed. Does anybody know what the passing average actually is these days?

      Alan - 2012-01-04 21:39

      OK, thanks. Got it, 30%. Hope this is not going to ecome the minimum requirement for medicine.

      Sean - 2012-01-04 21:40

      @Alan , I found this , not sure how accurate it is ? As per the Department of Education guidelines, what matrics need to pass is the following: •30% in mathematical literacy or mathematics •40% in life orientation •40% in one of the compulsory official languages at home language level •30% in the other required official language on, at least, first additional language level •40% in one of the remaining three subjects, and at least 30% in two others What a joke !!!

      Alan - 2012-01-04 21:47

      Actually quite sad. Hard enough for anyone to find work these days even with tertiary education, just means that matric now means jack.

      Utopian - 2012-01-05 08:36

      The REAL problm is that the marks are adjusted during marking and after marking, and that the latter is now selectively now, not across the board. (The marks of some students are adjusted against but not others.)

      Utopian - 2012-01-05 08:37

      My second "now" should have been "done".

  • dewald.galjaard - 2012-01-04 21:28

    lol. really?

  • Irene - 2012-01-04 21:36

    30% is a pass??? What a joke this country has become post 1994.

  • Irene - 2012-01-04 21:36

    Imagine if the pass rate at medical school was also 30%

      Ian - 2012-01-04 21:52

      it probally is knowing these clowns

  • Karen - 2012-01-04 21:38

    30% needed to pass means you are thick about the 70% balance !!! Nothing to be proud of surely ! No wonder our country is in the state its in!! Sickening !!

  • Moss - 2012-01-04 21:45

    Before we put our intelligent brains to work, who is IFP?

      Alan - 2012-01-04 21:53

      Unfortunately they are a party without enough support to challenge ruling party.

      Sean - 2012-01-04 22:19

      @Moss Mphahlele - Clearly your ``wannabe`` intelligent brain doesn`t function very well !!

      Joseph - 2012-01-04 22:49

      my main wary is not the pass rate,but the calbra of students we are producing.will they be able to finish their degrees,diplomas.the quality of students we have should be the main focus how do we improve the teacher realy qualified to offer a better education to our kids.the teaching fratenity is toooooo unionised.those who are teaching do not have a passion for the job but money but not all are like that.remember some time ago may be 10 years or so a senior municipality cop in Durban who was cought with fake matric certificates,how maney teachers have fake teaching diplomars who are hinding behind the union for protection.i think this is what the IFP and other political party youth should be concetrating on.

  • Paul - 2012-01-04 22:01

    If you lower a pass mark to 30% then of course you will have an increase in supposed matriculant passes. Lowering the standard to increase the success rate is a really retarded way of approaching the problem. What is worse is they now want to apply their Midas touch to other things that are working now in the education pipeline. In real terms we have not improved at all. Please ANC, please stop smoking that stuff and come back to reality and lets focus on fixing things. What is worse is the Maths literacy is something I could have passed whilst in Std 5 (grade 7).

  • Alet - 2012-01-04 22:02

    Somehow I think I will take the result with a pinch of salt?

  • Jacques - 2012-01-04 22:22

    I agree. I was a first year at uni in 2011, passed matric with glowing results, and Math and Chemistry was a SHOCK! Jeepers, 30s and 40s to pass a curriculum that has been dumbed down to the point of comedy is a large part of the explanation as to why the country is where it is. Banana anyone?

  • RBreed - 2012-01-04 22:30

    Worried about the quality? Quality of what? Educators, learners, parents,question papers(my subject's were difficult but fair), markers, moderators, ministers or maybe yourselves?

      Paul - 2012-01-04 22:50

      Go look for some pre-1995 matric papers and then ask yourself the same questions. Oh, hang on, cannot find those anymore.....

  • Utopian - 2012-01-05 08:34

    Government itself reported earlier this year that only 20% of the State schools were functional. A 70% pass rate is ridiculous (despite the stat betrayed in Trevor Manuel's report that only 15% of them exceed the 40% mark, in other words they're all between 30% -the pass minimum - and 40%). I therefore fear that our President and his so-called Minister have no idea what the words "right direction" mean, probably the result of deficiencies in their own schooling. In fact the National Senior Certificate has now become a meaningless piece of paper, a tragedy for those who work themselves to pieces to get it. Note: Even 30% would be fine if students actually deserved it. Poor universities, swamped by students who are illiterate but who have exemption!

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