Matric pass rate less than 45%, says AfriForum

2015-01-06 09:00

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.

  • Abrian Cupido - 2015-01-06 09:05

    I want to know how many of them passed over the 50% mark. That will give you the real indication

      Beaulah Fortuin - 2015-01-06 09:14

      Let's not forget to blame apartheid for these born frees' poor performance. We don't dare blame the last 20 years of ANC rule, so we'll just blame apartheid.

      Johan Arno Cilliers - 2015-01-06 09:40

      Tshaga..It's because you lot want to RULE instead of GOVERN..By 'you lot' I mean ANC morons.

      Tshaga Tetelo - 2015-01-06 09:43

      Do you mean the majority cause you're the minority

      Beaulah Fortuin - 2015-01-06 10:07

      It's got nothing to do with black rule. It's because people like you still look at race when you vote.

      Tshaga Tetelo - 2015-01-06 10:08

      Whatever u say such as idiots, illiterates, and etc thats what u used to say during apartheid to our parents we will still vote for the party which took us out the missery.

      Hennie De Ruyter - 2015-01-06 10:14

      And without marks being adjusted? Probably less than 30%

      Secrecy Bill - 2015-01-06 10:22

      And you shall continue to be "missserable" until you stop cowering behind and miss using apartheid as an excuse 21 years down the line ! .... Time to face up to the fact that NOBODY gets a good education by cheating and stealing like our poorly educated president ! ... You may may also have to eventually admit that your hero MISLED YOU !

      Dee Da Silva - 2015-01-06 11:10

      Tshaga Tetelo - we want the ANC to do what is right for ALL people. I do not care if the ruling party are purple martians - this is not a colour thing it is a matter of incompetence. It is ALWAYS a BLACK person who brings up the race thing on this forum. I am afraid to say that black people have become the most racist in our country. Me as a tax payer would glady pay over the R10000.00 a month in taxes off my salary - YES - 10K a month!!! (and more considering everything else that is taxed too heavily including bonuses at 40%!!!) I would pay with a smile. If I could see my country was thriving - our people are educated - the hospitals are running well - we are safe and the corruption stops. We are fighting for the underprivileged majority of South Africans who are black. My kids go to a private school wena. You are too short sighted and racist to see that. A gentleman bragged about stealing public funds and providing sub standard services to his OWN people on this forum - yes he was black. You all will suffer at the end of the day. You are destroying your own country - and are too blind to see that you are handing your government the ammunition. If you INSIST on voting for the ANC STOP condoning their unacceptable behaviour and corruption - hold them accountable and STOP blaming white people for your failures. They do not wait for hand outs! The work their assess off - you can say what you want! And they love their country as much as you do.

      Raymon Mcnelly - 2015-01-06 15:00

      Tshaga Tetelo, I'm glad you are out of misery. I hope you enjoy your *freedom*. In the end, people get the government they deserve. Keep voting ANC and you will get to experience real misery.

  • Lara Williams - 2015-01-06 09:11

    Unfair to quote pass rate compared to 1994 when you can get 20% less but still be considered to have passed matric.

      Raymon Mcnelly - 2015-01-06 15:04

      Lara, That is ANC logic, right there! They compare apples with pineapples and pat themselves on the back.

  • Andries En Aniela Stücki - 2015-01-06 09:12

    Thank you, that gives a better understanding of the actual pass rate.

  • Mukanya - 2015-01-06 09:15

    Alana Bailey, you are very sick. The pass rate is the percentage of learners that sat the examination and got at least 30% in a subject divided by the total number of learners that sat the examination. If the learner did not sit this examination, they are not included in this definition. I think we need constructive arguments for publication.

      Jhbcpl Benoni - 2015-01-06 09:31

      So maybe we need a 2nd measure then. Are you ok with the fact that we lost 55% of the learners along the way? We cannot all become an uneducated stealing president. Only one person at a time qualifies.....

      Mukanya - 2015-01-06 10:04

      To all that are negative about my comment, I never said 30% is Ok. I am simply saying what the 75% pass rate mean. I do want people to mention drop-outs but they are not part of the learners that a point of discussion in the national pass rate. So read my comment carefully too.

      Tshaga Tetelo - 2015-01-06 10:10

      it was worse during apartheid 90% of those who were suppose to go to schoool we denied by the apartheid government including our president

      Trevor Neal Gothan - 2015-01-06 10:14

      Looking at the pic above (the multiple choice paper), the right answer is one out of the 5 possible choices. This means that purely random guessing, using a baby, a chimp, or the roll of a die, would give a 20% average mark on this paper. One only needs to know between 10% and 20% of the answers with certainty to achieve the overall 30% required.

      Hennie De Ruyter - 2015-01-06 10:19

      Call 30% a pass is sick! When I trained as programmer years ago one had to get 80% to pass.

      Lebeko Merafe - 2015-01-06 11:41

      Makunya, these people understand you perfectly. They are just being negative.

      Raymon Mcnelly - 2015-01-06 15:14

      Tshaga Tetelo, "..during apartheid 90% of those who were suppose to go to schoool we denied by the apartheid government including our president" That, right there is the big LIE that you've been told. There where schools but the ANC burned them down. Explain this: Nelson Mandela matriculated at Healdtown in 1938 and he completed his BA through the University of South Africa in 1943. How is that possible ? The apartheid government denied black people an education, right !? The truth hurts and the sub 70 IQ makes you gullible.

  • Len Valentine - 2015-01-06 09:16

    I blame government for the high drop out. Also for the low pass rate. Pupils has no respect towards teachers and their school because they have more rights than the teachers themselvesb. Bring back corporal punishment to schools. Take action against drop outs. Use legal action by all means to have those kids back in school. They will thank government later for what they did.

  • Michael Kelynack - 2015-01-06 09:19

    And the real stats come out

  • Bradly Minnaar - 2015-01-06 09:20

    Can't blame apartheid for this one can we? All born frees.

      John Snow - 2015-01-06 09:35

      @ modise the road to success is not determined by what your parents have or what race you belong to. In south africa today everything is free whether you are black or white. Free education. Free health. Free water and free food. Even free sex....all you need today to succeed is your determination, hard work and a lil bit of good fortune.

      Peter Smith - 2015-01-06 09:50

      Hi there France.... tell me how many children does the average black family have compared to the average white family? Is it apartheid that's to blame for your lack of reason and logic? You practice your "human right" to breed at free will then in typical African tradition you blame the consequences on whites. History has taught me that Africans never own up to anything as you so rightly prove... always something or someone to blame. This I fear will never change, alas, Africa is wasted on the Africans.

      criticallyhonest - 2015-01-06 09:53

      France: Do take into account that one BIG factor that contributes to inequality is quality itself! It is impossible to make everyone equal because we are all individuals with different capabilities and different approaches to life. The very best you can legislate for is equal opportunity. Any attempt to make everyone factually equally perverts natural selection and reward for effort. Not only that, such an approach inevitably degenerates and degrades everyone to the lowest standards achievable by the laziest and dumbest. Except of course, the few who control and benefit from having a nation mostly of losers. Rather encourage people by rewarding effort and promoting individual contributions.

  • Eugene Trollip - 2015-01-06 09:22

    I am sure Afriforum has the stats of how many pupils passed with aggregate 30-40 and 41-50%?. That would tell the the real story. In my book, if you passed with less than 50%, you have had a sub-standard education.

  • Phanuel Gope - 2015-01-06 09:22

    Why not blame foreigners while yu are at it,it seems they are the scapegoats for all South African problems.There is a serious lack of accountability and responsibity in everything that happens in this country,it shocking and embarassing

      Khethu Gatsheni Ndlovu - 2015-01-06 10:13

      Phanuel, are you a foreigner? You sound like one. Why would you want us to blame you? Okay have it your way then. We blame you for saturating our country with drugs which is the root of all ills in our country, including education.

      criticallyhonest - 2015-01-06 10:41

      Kethu. How can you blame drugs? Surely it is the people taking the drugs that should be blamed?

  • Bongani Nsele - 2015-01-06 09:23

    the department must make sure there is no school dropouts AfriForum says without spelling out the causes of those children who fall on the wayside South Africa is very much an unequal country, the poor are faced with numerous challenges broken down family structures, drugs, gangsterisms and all manner of evil and how much does afriforum think this also contributes to school dropouts Afriforum must not throw cheap shots at this government when they have no solution themselves

      criticallyhonest - 2015-01-06 10:45

      Bongani: Those challenges (and others) are faced by everyone. It is not the challenges that are the problem it is the way that individual people deal with those challenges. Broken families, gangsterism, misuse of drugs are ALL created by people. The challenge is getting people to accept responsibility for their own behaviours!

  • neil.paterson.982 - 2015-01-06 09:24

    It's even further disconcerting to note that Afriforum's figures relating to 2003 enrollment, which is the basis for their argument, does not compare accurately with the figures in the previous News24 article

  • Phanuel Gope - 2015-01-06 09:25

    How can 30% be seriously considered a pass?it boggles the mind

  • Bongane Ngutshane - 2015-01-06 09:28

    Unfortunately stats don't work as Afriforum would like them to...matric pass rate looks at exactly that i.e number of matriculate who passed exam/ total number of matrics who sat for the exam. The issue they are talking about is way more complex than their miserable minds can comprehend!

      theJoPot - 2015-01-06 09:34

      You are correct, but they are trying to make a statement that education is not seen as important.

  • Howard Green - 2015-01-06 09:35

    Sort of negative remark I would expect from Afriforum. What about the causes schools, teachers kids becoming bread winners

  • Matokoloho Williams - 2015-01-06 09:36

    Tht is the truth jo potgieter

  • Ria Cook - 2015-01-06 09:37

    Before I get excited for the matrics who passed with 8 or 9 distinctions, I want them to sit down and write 8 or 9 subjects from 1989, 1990, or 1991. Then let's see how many distinctions they get. If they do as well with those papers as with the ones today, I will be the first one to congratulate them.

      Bongane Ngutshane - 2015-01-06 09:46

      Would like u to sit for the 2014 exam first. As much as I don't agree with our education system. I can assure you the nationalist system was the worst. Especially for an African. Full of propaganda and filled with useless details. And the only thing you had to do was memorize and pass.

      Dan Butler - 2015-01-06 09:57

      Of greater interest would be for the 2014 teachers to sit for the matric exam and see who passes!!After all, they are the ones who prepare their students for the exams! Or am I wrong?

      Hennie De Ruyter - 2015-01-06 10:26

      @Bongane. I recalled those papers. Especially the Higher Grade Maths paper of 1981. Full of propaganda. That Pythagoras guy should be in jail. Shocking.

  • Lynden Fysh - 2015-01-06 09:37

    Scary stat and very concerning. 55% of students that would have either gone on to study further or joined the job market or both to try and improve the quality of their life are now faced with a major dilemma. Interesting to see how this type of result impacts the long term future of this country if these results are not improved.

  • Tshaga Tetelo - 2015-01-06 09:38

    This organization is happy when our government fails and use all things to discredit our government's achievement.

  • argie.kgomo - 2015-01-06 09:40

    You cannot say apartheid doesn't play a role on the born frees,Teachers involved in the day to day interaction with this learners attended their schooling during the inequality regime,if you say you can't blame apartheid you are very wrong.As much as most want to argue on education,admit it u have benefitted from unequal eduaction system that despite suppressing others most managed to only get out with std 6.Until the born frees are the ones in control of SA,The scars of the past will never heal.

  • Rob Bayliss - 2015-01-06 09:41

    Will the ANC recognise the relevance of this statement by Afriforum, or will they continue with the rose tinted manipulation of the results to present the most politically favourable picture? Half-full or half-empty comes to mind, but with such abysmally low standards any approach that does not get to the roots of the problem does precious little for the future of those few students that do deserve better.

  • Patrick Massey-Hicks - 2015-01-06 09:47

    Tshaga what has the government achieved?

  • Thabisi Hoeane - 2015-01-06 09:59

    Organisations, especially those whose core business is not education, and in this case is ( Agriforum- Agriculture), should quit politicing what is a critical issue for the country , that need to be adressed, for cheap political granstanding. Go talk of farming and leave education to the specialist!

      Zoltan Pepper - 2015-01-06 20:36

      Agri - Agriculture. This is Afri, probably referring to Africa

  • Dan Butler - 2015-01-06 09:59

    Of greater interest would be for the 2014 teachers to sit for the matric exam and see who passes!!After all, they are the ones who prepare their students for the exams! Or am I wrong? For the subjects that they teach of course. It would be unfair on the teachers of maths to write geography!!Then base their salary on their pass mark!! Wow, now let's see the comments!!

  • Khethu Gatsheni Ndlovu - 2015-01-06 10:02

    Are they education soecialists now? Oh! i was thinking they are more into farming than anything else. Idiots!!

  • criticallyhonest - 2015-01-06 10:05

    Just take a look at the comments criticizing this report (mostly it seems from blacks). Almost without exception there is avoidance and unwillingness to face the criticism head-on (and thereafter deal with the problem). Instead the comments speak of blame in a manner that comes across as an attempt to deflect attention away from the core problem and towards historical causes. Indeed almost winging! Of course the past affects the present (and the future), but to constantly draw on that past, and to use it as a crutch to defend and support the present, means that the crutch will always be essential. Rather confront the effects of the past in a constructive manner, especially to avoid repeating and perpetuating the problems (which the ANC is guilty of). Draw on experiences, good and bad, to do it better and in that way set an example to the people still stuck in their pasts.

  • Michael Kelynack - 2015-01-06 10:05

    Rhis government has no current achievements. As for the apartheid being this the same excuse that will be used in 20 years? I will put money on it that it will be. As for the anc...they will never acknowledge what afriforum has said because it will just be another failure. Then you get crap from people saying "why do our former oppressors care" (quoted from kgothatso kubembu). We have every right to comment because we still pay for 70% of other peoples education. This government has milked the whites and the blacks out of everything. And you guys just still play the racial card. Grow up, take reaponsibility for failing your school career. You have been wined and dined and given a whole country on a silver platter....and stuffed it up. End of story. Roll on dictatorship

      BlackHistory Pride - 2015-01-06 10:40

      Blacks were given this country on a silver platter? Michael here are some facts and maybe you will stop being an apartheid denialist... In 1990 42 percent of the South African population lived in poverty.1 In 1991 South Africa had a Gini co-efficient, which measures the extent of income inequality, of 0.68, the highest in a group of 36 developing countries. That same year the poorest 40 percent of households earned 4 percent of national income, while the richest 10 percent received more than half.2 In 1995 unemployment among Africans was calculated to be 37 percent - almost certainly an underestimate.3 The appalling economic plight of the black majority was summed up recently by the Socialist Workers Organisation of South Africa: Only one out of five African households have running water BUT every white household has running water. One quarter of all African households get less than R300 a month. Two thirds get less than the breadline - R900 a month. BUT two thirds of white households get more than R2000 a month. Two thirds of African children and half of Coloured children live in overcrowded houses BUT only 1 out of 100 white children live in overcrowded conditions. Less than half of African kids live in a proper brick house. The rest live in shacks or huts BUT most white children live in a brick house Now, let us unite as South Africans and come up with a way of stopping corruption. Things were more stuffed up during apartheid!

  • Richard - 2015-01-06 10:06

    And are they really passing considering how low the grade requirements are to pass. It is just a bluff to pretend that so many kids are passing but in terms of real standards that we used to have and what is acceptable abroad hardly any are passing I would imagine. How does this get fixed. Yet cheating goes on, non delivery of books, teachers on pay but suspended, teachers not attending classes, crime at schools. Why is our Minister not addressing these issues and explain it to us. We are creating a generation of illiterates but pretend that they have mostly passed matric. Now these kids must face the real world and they are not equipped to do so which demotivates them and harms our economy.

  • Village Boy - 2015-01-06 10:08

    Attention seeking

  • SunshinyDay - 2015-01-06 10:10

    So basically a lot of these failures could have been prevented had the ANC bothered to focus a little more on good quality education. People's lives have been affected by something as trivial as textbook delivery. Hope everyone who voted for ANC is happy.

  • Richard Pearce - 2015-01-06 10:12

    If Nelson Mandela could qualify as a lawyer under the old education system, what is your excuse for not succeeding?

  • Hennie De Ruyter - 2015-01-06 10:17

    In SA it seems better to have a poor academic matric than being encouraged after Grade 9 to rather become a good artisan once it is clear that a person is not academically great. We all have talents but we are not all good academically.

  • BlackHistory Pride - 2015-01-06 10:27

    The comment by AfriForum reminds me of a definition made by Walter Rodney in describing whites left in Africa after colonialism. He speaks of "development by contradiction" and illustrates "white man in black man skin", that is the withdrawal of direct control by colonizers with an attendant installation of indigenous incorporated dependent bourgeois compradors (tried and tested puppets) whose services are comparable to a conduit perpetuancy of Africa's underdevelopment. The less said about Alana Bailey the better after her dismal showing at the Hague (Netherlands) in 2012. AfriForum was the laughing stock in an international stage and it was very sad for the progressive Afrikaners who have decided to be part of a solution of making South Africa work. They asked her about the anti-democracy position of Afri-Forum relative to the progressive spirit of the South African constitution which is pro-freedom and she was nowhere, sounded more uneducated to me! AfriForum is a joke with their narrow mindedness...though they have made a valid point in this regard. Its no use measuring an education system at a grade 12 level, its too late as Angy Motshekga emphasised!

      Riaan Werner Van Wyk - 2015-01-06 11:37

      SA's constitution looks nice on paper, but the reality is far from it, and that is what afriforum is highlighting here, the failure of the anc government to deliver. The anc consistantly contradicts principles in the constitution and bends it to suit their own racist agenda, and the rest of the world is slowly but surely realizing that it is not all roses in SA as the anc want them to believe.

  • Mbangiswa Skosana - 2015-01-06 10:37

    Negativity from my white friends is pilling everyday and forget to speak the sense of building this nation,,we will make sure our country becomes better in no time and if they are not prepared to help they can go to the nearest hell..phambili ngomzabalazo ma Africa.

      Bradly Minnaar - 2015-01-06 11:24

      We getting sick of the bulls###

  • Bradly Minnaar - 2015-01-06 10:39

    The biggest problem the size of our population....and it grows at an alarming rate....the masses wont stop shooting out babies. There is not enough quality teachers to go around. Start by getting rid of grants.....

  • Isaac Ike Ndala - 2015-01-06 10:45

    This Afri Forum....Mxm!

      Riaan Werner Van Wyk - 2015-01-06 11:17

      can't handle the truth?

  • mmapula.wagamatabane - 2015-01-06 10:54

    Sagren Pillay rape happened during apartheid era, starting with Jan Van Rieebeck. How many mixed children in the country from abused women by white men ? I do not condone what zuma did, on the other hand the SA mixed nation came existed before President Zuma's saga.

  • Michael Kelynack - 2015-01-06 10:57

    Mid 90's the country was passed over. Farms supplying enough food to local and international markets, water works that could supply the whole country, power stations (nuclear and coal) to supply the whole country. Fast forward 1 year. Majority of engineers maintaining those plants get retrenched. Why? Because they are white. Unqualified "AA" personal get appointed. What happens? Places like Pelindaba close down. A nuclear power plant closes down and for the next 10 years no one gives a damn...right until a crisis is presented. Now how is this relevant you wonder? Same as the education. The so called leaders of this country dont give a damn about you, your father, child or anyone else. Proof? Textbooks that are never delivered. Oil drops by half its value. I bet you still paying the same price for your food right? All that matters to them is money and yet you will still vote for them because you are too blind to change. Because the racist here, the actual racist, is you. You who will always blame whites and apartheid for the next 50 years because you cant help yourself. And no...not all white houses had water. I know...we had to dig our own boreholes. So before you jump on your high horse because at the end of the day you still only see what you want to see.

      BlackHistory Pride - 2015-01-06 16:13

      Michael Michael Michael...let me remind you why Phelindaba was closed down. I see you need to be educated a bit, your scattered mind is letting you down. "F.W. de Klerk's announcement in March 1993 that South Africa had secretly developed a small nuclear arsenal - and then junked it - was startling in its candor. Nevertheless, President de Klerk's announcement left many questions unanswered regarding the scope and sophistication of the program, as well as its rationale. More than a year later, some questions linger, but many, others can be answered.It was not until March 24, 1993, four years after ordering their destruction, that de Klerk publicly acknowledged South Africa's nuclear weapons. According to Waldo Stumpf, chief executive officer of the state-controlled, Atomic Energy Corporation (AEC), the government feared that revealing the fact of its nuclear arsenal earlier could have led to confrontational inspections similar to those occurring in Iraq. Stumpf also believes that South Africa's political strife made it difficult to acknowledge the program" the way, stop using the word "white" as there are no such human beings in the world. No one is white and no one will ever be white under the sun! Maybe we should start there so that we can be real. You are not white and you shall never be white in your lifetime.

  • robert.barrie.948 - 2015-01-06 11:22

    As long as they, regardless of color, support the ANC cronies we will get the performance and results of no service and enrichment of the Zuma gang. The Zuma gang play mind games with the black masses and whilst looking at their own wealth through theft can't care what happen to the masses

      Lebohang Augustine Mafa - 2015-01-06 15:06

      Resurrect National Party n your like minded folks wil vote for u

  • Lebeko Merafe - 2015-01-06 11:35

    I think afriforum is disparate. How do bring students who didn't sit for exams into the equation? Maybe they considered other options.

  • Werner Van Deventer - 2015-01-06 12:00

    Children, children. We are going back and forth, blaming and naming everyone. The fact is that in today's society, whoever is above you in the pecking order (your manager, your boss, ect) wants results. I know, I've been there. It's all about numbers and percentages these days. The truth sometimes (most times) can get very murky when looking for numbers and results. I think and I am as dumb as a plank when it comes to thinking, that, should we not rather focus on the pupils, teachers and parents in stead of the numbers. The minister said we should not keep children behind because it will create a feeling of failure or rejection by their peers. I think (again! wow) I would rather be treated by a doctor that got closer to 100% than 50%. Just a thought.

      Lebohang Augustine Mafa - 2015-01-06 15:04

      I agree wit u. Post 94 we have worked hard to create a nanny state, our govt is responsible for every single thing. In the process we have or it has absolved us of our responsibilities. Many of us as parents are passive participants in the education of our children n only come when matric results are released. We have set the bar too low for our kids. We have a wrong value system as a society, that's the biggest problem we facing

  • Koos Petoors - 2015-01-06 12:01

    As an Afrikaans kid I grew up with the expectation to get an academic qualification. It was the aftermarth of the English oppression, and the Afrikaner was focussed on producing their own doctors, engineers, businessmen, accountants et al. Thus, I fully understand and respect the desire of the black youth to throw off oppression via qualification. But the job market works on demand and supply, and SA market is bleeding for artisans. That's where the money is nowadays - in SA and worldwide. Artisans are in demand and well paid. Thus, while a number of black parents and kids still live in wishful expectation of academic qualifications and a cushy desk job for their kids, more and more white kids are adapting to the changing market, becoming qualified artisans and highly employable and sought-after skilled resources. The ANC government focusses so much on the stupid matric results to even care about providing alternative opportunities (artisan or otherwise) for those that are not academically gifted. And then the slogan says "no one gets left behind". They mucked-up the artisan training opportunities so badly you dont even know where to go or who to ask to become an artisan. They just left 70% of their people behind with no hope to be trained into an employable resource - nicely done!!

      Sifiso Myeni - 2015-01-06 14:12

      True. Lots of kids loitering aren't even aware there's life after this overrated matric. Little or no emphasis on technical skills jobs, apprenticeships were done away with and now these confused/vocationally stranded kids can't even feed themselves

  • Ze Don - 2015-01-06 12:10

    Can you imagine what the numbers would be if a scholar could be failed more than twice?

  • Shireen Eva - 2015-01-06 13:24

    You clearly can't disseminate what AfriForum are actually saying merafe. Go back to school, not that it would help!!

  • Lebohang Augustine Mafa - 2015-01-06 14:54

    AfriForum are the fine ones to comment. One minute are lobbying for volkstad next pretend to care about education of a black child. Our education system has some shortfalls, I take an exception when a of bunch of racists afrikaaners who are at the root of the mess take the moral high our government.

  • Lebohang Augustine Mafa - 2015-01-06 14:58

    U r right Koos. However, I think u r not giving enough appreciation to the efforts of the govt. There is a room for improvement but it's not all gloomy n doom. N as such we can't throw the baby out wit the bath water.

  • Mfelasakhe Mahlangu - 2015-01-06 16:53

    Not entirely correct.The learners that wrote in 2014 are not the one cohort that started in 2003. In fact the real number is even lower. Some learners who wrote started earlier and have repeated some grades.

  • emmi.nyathi - 2015-01-06 17:01

    What a load of rubbish from Afriforum which honestly characterises the Aforementioned organization. Those stats do not in any way mean they can be used to determine the "real" matric pass rate. What we can use as a yardstick is to know how many of the s students that wrote their matric exams, x amount achieved an average of 50% or more

  • Zoltan Pepper - 2015-01-06 19:56

    Sorry Afriforum, your logic is faulty. How can you take me as not passing an exam when I've not written it?

  • mmapula.wagamatabane - 2015-01-06 20:19

    A forum of idiots coming together to brainwash one another. Are they tired of sexually abusing their farm workers behind their wive's back ?

  • Adelle Bornman - 2015-01-07 02:54

    I have an Aunt, giving school to matrics in a black school. She told me that the average girls that get pregnant per year is about 6. Every year. Priority's seems to be lacking. Or maybe its pide. OR the unwillingness to want to make something of yourself. I don"t know. Children are always late for class. Does not give a rats ass about homework. That is something nobody can fix.... nobody. The change must be willing and from thine self. If not you will alwyas be screwed. And nobody will be to blame but yourself.

      Zoltan Pepper - 2015-01-07 06:53

      @Adelle. "You will always be screwed" and 6 girls pregnant per year. Love it!!