Matric pass rate less than 45%, says AfriForum

2015-01-06 09:00

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Johannesburg - The matric pass rate is less than 45% when considering how few of the pupils who enrolled in Grade One in 2003 wrote matric last year, AfriForum said on Monday.

Of the 1 187 961 children in Grade One in 2003, only 689 625 (58%) made it to matric last year, the civil rights group's deputy CEO Alana Bailey said, citing figures from the basic education department and Umalusi.

The 2014 matrics achieved a 75.8% pass rate, meaning the actual pass rate of the 2003 Grade One group was less than 45%, said Bailey.

"The department should urgently assume responsibility for this figure and tackle the causes behind this drop-out rate head-on."

The causes for the drop-out rate included a lack of mother-language education, textbook delivery problems, the paralysing actions by some education unions, inadequate teacher training, dysfunctional schools, and poor discipline, she said.

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