KZN concerned about matric pass rate

2012-01-05 12:18

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal's matric pass rate declined in 2011 compared to 2010, the provincial education department's head announced in Durban on Thursday.

"In 2010 we had a 70.7% pass rate and in 2011 the pass rate dropped to 68.1%," Dr Nkosinathi Sishi told reporters.

A big concern was the decline in the mathematics pass rate.

"There are difficult decisions we have taken as a country, one of them is that every student has to take mathematics or mathematics literacy as a subject."


The problem was that KwaZulu-Natal was predominantly a poor province, he said.

"Nine of the 20 districts considered to be poor in the country are in the province. Socio-economic issues still determine the performances of learners. Learners have to walk long distances and learn in adverse conditions."

He said the government needed to ensure the success rate at schools was not determined by the wealth of pupils' parents.

He attributed the decrease in the pass rate to children failing to get a 40% pass for Zulu and English first language.

"When we have not done well we need to learn and improve on our performance," Sishi said.

The department would launch a programme of action to improve the quality of education.

"Those who students who failed subjects, but qualified for supplementary exams will be given the opportunity to write the exams. The timetable is already up on our website."

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-05 12:29

    Before adjustments probably only half the students got the required 30% to "pass". Man, our future just looks bleaker and bleaker.

      Kacee - 2012-01-05 12:51

      I got an idea, make it illegal to strike, and stone and burn schools and maybe the kids can focus on studies instead of mi-miking the leaders by drinking and partying.

      akaRags - 2012-01-05 14:06

      When I was in school, 50% was a pass, that was that, no excuses. We knew what was expected of us in order to pass. If my results were based on the pass levels now, I'd have passed EVERYTHING, including Maths, in which I was pretty hopeless. Those of us who were not "academically gifted" with university potential, were encouraged to follow other paths, like nursing, secretarial, mechanical, etc, - if you wanted to go to varsity you had to work REALLY hard to get there. There is no shame in being a secretary, nurse, mechanic, plumber etc. In the old days people had pride in being an artisan, - now everyone wants to earn at least 10 G a month, from the minute they walk out of shcool/varstiy, in fact they think they are entitled to it and that is half the problem with society today, it's mostly/all about money and status.

  • Sean - 2012-01-05 12:44

    Let me understand this, you lowered the pass %, re-engineered the education system so that you could "rig" it to have a higher pass % and yet with your apparent god given leadership abilities, more students are failing under this regime than ever before. Well done cANCer, a sterling job, you should be proud of yourselves as you have now just managed to f8ck up our education system. What suprises me is these are matric results and these students, who are predominantly zulu speaking, FAIL their own language, as matrics? WTF? Do you really expect to get a job after failing your own language?

      Anthony - 2012-01-05 13:37

      now BEE comes into play!

  • Mr C - 2012-01-05 12:46

    i can count to banana

  • Comrade - 2012-01-05 12:55


      martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-01-05 13:25

      Meaning what?

      Mr C - 2012-01-05 13:47


      Jan - 2012-01-05 14:20

      We must nationalise matric. he he he he...

      Marc - 2012-01-05 15:25

      One person, one matric. "Seize the matric!" The people demand matric! Matric for all ... Reward without effort.

      Comrade - 2012-01-05 17:03


  • spartanx93 - 2012-01-05 13:08

    If those mugs spent more time in the classroom than toi toing out side demanding. Maybe then, their results would have been better.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-01-05 13:28

    A number of factors contribute in KZN, one of which I think is a very low average IQ.

      Mr C - 2012-01-05 14:05

      caused by an extremely shallow gene puddle

      Jan - 2012-01-05 14:22

      I fully agree with you. They are the dumbest people in South Africa, followed by Limpopo...

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-05 15:46

      They are, when I travel to the other provinces in SA I realise how switched on everyone else is and how dumb the KZN population is. It is obvious from the way they walk at 2 miles an hour to their behaviour with litter.

  • Nick - 2012-01-05 13:30

    The ANC will talk all the talk but do nothing. Keeping their voters uneducated and uninformed will keep them in power. The gravy train will become more and more attractive.

      Mr C - 2012-01-05 14:05

      the less the masses know the better the ANC look

  • pat.gilliat - 2012-01-05 13:39

    Instead of making excuses about the educational problems, the Government should have been fixing up the schools and improving the teachers qualifications years ago. Blaming the Apartheid Regime won't wash anymore because there has been plenty of time for improvements and yet nothing changes. It is a sad state of affairs.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-05 13:45

      The parents expect everything for nothing, why shouldn't the kids.

  • Wonder - 2012-01-05 13:48

    Kwaito and House Music Parties everytime

  • Jeffrey - 2012-01-05 13:51

    Bring back "Pass one, pass all" then everything will be fine in the cloud-cuckoo land that is education in this country.

  • Paulus - 2012-01-05 13:54

    I am sure government departments and their spokesmen have a standard response which they use every time, every year. We have heard this response before: "we will put programs in place to improve bla bla bla" What it really means is "we will start new tenders so we can give the money to another friend"

  • Martin - 2012-01-05 14:01

    Take away the MP's car and travel allowances and invest that into our schools.Corruption and lavishness from Mp's is destrying this country.

  • Marc - 2012-01-05 17:56

    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.

      Gungets - 2012-01-07 21:27

      Marc - do they have that report as a comic - with pictures. Perhaps then the education mi(ni)stry could understand it. The real picture in the country is much, MUCH worse. Of the 900,000 kids that started Grade 1 in 2000, just 500,000 wrote matric. 400,000 dropouts, then we still only get 78% of those passing when the pass mark is 30%. Beeejaysaaars, if most of the "passed matric" people are not going to get jobs, what about the 400k???

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