Matric pass rate moves above 70%

2012-01-04 19:17

Cape Town - About 70.2% of matrics passed last year's exams - up from 67.8% in 2010, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced in Pretoria on Wednesday.

She said that 348 117 pupils passed their exams. Of these, 24.3% obtained university entrance.

There were 496 090 pupils who sat for the certificate.

In 2009, 60.7% of matrics passed theexams, which was just under 2% down from 2008.

In 2008, 62.5% of matrics passed.

About 80 000 matriculants studied part time.

Motshekga said that in 2011 there were no incidents, such as exam paper leaks, that had jeopardised the exams.

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%.

  • hcduplessis - 2012-01-04 19:22

    pass rate of 70% but math and physical science is performing extremely bad.still no reason to celebrate when the pass mark for subjects are 30%.

      George - 2012-01-04 19:38

      When you pass with 30% All this means is that you dont know 70% of your work. Is this something to be proud off?

      Squeegee - 2012-01-04 19:50

      How can we trust these figures with the problem our teachers have with maths?

      Dirk - 2012-01-04 19:52

      Yes, but can they write their name or work anywhere but govt?

      Sedick - 2012-01-04 21:03

      The only people that believe this 70%+ pass rate are the idiots that passed. There is no way that you can have a 60% to 70% movement in 2 years while we have not put interventions in place......other than moderating/manipulating the results. May the almighty help us all when these "matriculants" are let loose on us all in their government jobs.......

      ryan.macdougall - 2012-01-04 21:51

      I honestly believe that 50% has to be the pass mark, and thats not extremly high. But 30 percent to pass a subject, you havent learnt two thirds( and a bit) of the work. and lets not forget alot of these marks were pushed up so in essence people who filed were made to pass. So if the got 30% they more than likly got between 20 and 25% which is disgusting.

      Ryan - 2012-01-05 14:06

      The Govt. should lower the pass mark to 10% so that 100% can pass. The ministers can then run around like an even bigger bunch of bafoons slapping eachother on the back and paying themselves even bigger bonuses. The point is the pass rate is meaningless. What is meaningful is the % of students that get accepted to and graduate from institutions of higher learning, because at the end of the day it is the skill of the labour force amongst other factors that will determine whether SA attracts domestic/foreign investment capital and thus whether the means of production remains in SA or is shipped offshore which directly affects employment and standard of living.

  • Francois - 2012-01-04 19:23

    Thus on average if a matric pupil knows one in three things, he are a candidates that cans does worke. This sound to mee laaik a politicall solution for an incompetnet government - if all else fails lower your standards. Angie - these kids cannot compete against any of their counterparts in BRICS - we will be exporting jobs, because you and Jakop wants to feels goods abouts yourselfs.

      Riaan - 2012-01-04 19:27

      They may be compared to bric(k)s. LOL

      piet.strydom - 2012-01-04 19:58

      @Gaiboihe - Francois was joking....

      spartanx93 - 2012-01-04 20:17

      lol @ Gaoboihe :)

  • hcduplessis - 2012-01-04 19:34

    gaoboihne-that spelling is part of the joke!!!.just shows you heeee

  • Frik - 2012-01-04 19:41

    You dont need Maths to be in the Politics ask Julius ......

      Patsy - 2012-01-05 17:12

      All you need is a loud mouth and a lot of hot air, intelligence is NOT a requirement...

  • Peter - 2012-01-04 19:46

    It is the quality of the education, not the manipulated percentages, that count. Have the 70%+ been taught to think?

      vaughndumas - 2012-01-04 20:05

      I agree. And the quality (or lack thereof) is represented in the university exemption rate - 24.3%. Therefore, only approx 84500 (out of 348,117) can actually go directly to uni. I believe that this is one of the rates that has to increase dramatically. It doesn't help that you have some many children passing, but the quality of the pass is poor.

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2012-01-04 19:49

    More believable than the 98% IEB pass rate.

  • Phiwo Gasa - 2012-01-04 19:50

    I think a certain party wants to keep its electorate dumb....

  • Amanda - 2012-01-04 19:53

    The core issue here is that in this class - 1.5 million kids started off in Grade R - of which only a million made it to Grade 10 - and only 500 000 sat matric 3 years later - of which only 348 000 passed - and only 70 000 of the ORIGINAL 1.5 million qualify for tertiary education. State of emergency as far as I am concerned. We have NO reason to pat ourselves on the back!

  • - 2012-01-04 20:01

    The curriculum is designed so that "not-so-clever" people can pass. So I'm surprised that the pass rate is so low! This is coming back to bite us in the A$$. In fact we can already see the effects. Students pass matric and apply for jobs. They get the jobs (because they have a matric certificate) but they are completely and utterly incompetent in their jobs because of the lack of basic knowledge. A friend of mine is a teacher and he told me that there are some students who are in Gr.11 already but still struggling to read and write. This is pathetic! How did they even get that far if they cant read or write? There are flaws in the system and one of those flaws is the fact that the pass rate is pretty much about statistics. The easier the curriculum, the more people will pass and the better the stats. Pretty soon we're going to have a bunch of vegetables with matric certificates!

      vaughndumas - 2012-01-04 20:15

      Among the [many] things that need to change are: 1. Don't put more than 25/30 children in a class. Too many and the standard and quality of education will decrease. 2. Realize that Grade 1 is the most important year there is. It's here that you should pick up problems and address them. Grade 2 is too late.

  • David - 2012-01-04 20:06

    We are kidding ourselves by lowering standards. Many of our matriculants are barely literate,and totally unemployable. They are the real victims of political subterfuge.

  • Jerhone - 2012-01-04 20:09

    More ANC propaganda watered down matric marks now they will want to be praised for all the dumbo's going to varsity

  • Shamier - 2012-01-04 20:12

    Much like the US wanting to raise the weight at which you're regarded as obese to reduce obesity...

  • Jerhone - 2012-01-04 20:16

    me wonders what the honourable Angie Motshekga got in her matric pass if she ever made matric ? will she ever let us know?

  • nozukol - 2012-01-04 20:19

    I assume they use UK system.

  • Prakash - 2012-01-04 20:24

    Education minister 147 973 LENNAS F A I L E D after having the marks increased. Your speech writer forgot to include the 147 973 lennas that failed.

  • Jane Warrington - 2012-01-04 20:31

    30% or 40% is not a pass. Keep dropping the standards - nobody wins, least of all the matriculants who can't cope. All drop out. Waste of TAX PAYER'S MONEY. Stop it!!! Our degrees must mean something!!!

  • Khwalo - 2012-01-04 20:33

    Eastern Cape Province has always been performing poorly, owing to the following factors: One factor being that there are two systems-in-one, with Transkei schools combining grade 8&9 in GET while former Easter Cape schools with those grades in FET. Secondly, most schools are without adequate resources. Thirdly, the Provncial Senior Management is changing year-in and year-out. The fourth issue is that there is high element of incogruency between Unions and the Department's Management. If those challenges can be addressed, things might improve. Khwalo Matandabuzo in Lusikisiki

  • Ian - 2012-01-04 20:39

    whats the pass rate 1% pls dont bs us anc gat licker

  • Sam - 2012-01-04 20:48

    Listening to the Ministers address Im still surprised that University is still a priority whereas it stands to reasons that all the chunk of 46% should go to FETs yet the Minister did nt say anything about it. I dont understand the point she made about 24,3 % of university examptions when we are faced with high rate of unemployment of which FET has been proven an academy to reduce unemployment

  • Singatha - 2012-01-04 20:53

    Eish!Here we go again, this 30%-40% pass mark thing,i'm not gonna even go to whether it's higher grade or standard grade.Folks help me out here or I'm plain dof,have the standards not dropped if we are to congratulate a percentage pass rate based on 30%-40% pass marks.More like 4 steps forward and 3 steps backward.

  • les.cunningham1 - 2012-01-04 21:06

    Please put 2 & 2 together and read the other story!! 70.2% Easy to achieve. "More than 40 000 fewer full-time pupils have written the 2011 matric examination compared to the previous year".

  • Arnold - 2012-01-04 21:06

    Celebrating mediocrity

  • Renier - 2012-01-04 21:29

    The unfortunate truth is that the Education Departments adjust the marks of final exams and even end of year results in the lower grades including primary schools. Therefore the "results" are not a true reflection of learner achievements.

  • Michelle Kirsten - 2012-01-04 23:21

    If I knew 30% of tying my shoelaces I would be falling over them! If a doctor performs 40% of an operation you would probably die and certainly have gaping wounds to show for it. If you eat 40% of your recommended daily allowance you will be malnourished and if you travel 40% of the way you will not get to your destination.Loos like gov wants people to be satisfied with mediocrity. I wonder if they'll be okay with it if henceforth I pay only 40% of my income tax, rates and taxes and bond?

  • Eternity - 2012-01-05 08:28

    "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%." This seems very low. Has it always been like this?

      Kirsten - 2012-01-05 14:56

      no.. and there was only a 2 percent increase. Surely at such a low pass rate our increase cant really be justified as successful. Embarrassing!

  • james.kukard - 2012-01-05 08:31

    Yeah right!! Is it because all the pupils's maths end result was adjusted, everyone received 10% BONUS because the results looked terrible? Other pupils even received help in other subjects as well, COME ON! When will the education dept. realise that it doesn't help to "cheat" the results, you're cheating SA because you're sending an "not properly educated pupil" to contribute to SA? That is why the jobless figures are so high because who is going to hire a person for a job if he can't even write his own name properly?

  • Nokwanda - 2012-01-05 12:58

    Matric pass rate upp to 70% but maths and science rate is down and also university entrance pass rate is only 24% whereas IEB it is almost 80% for university entrance. What does that say about the public edducation system? As for the standard of question paper that was produced it leaves a lot to be desired

  • Patsy - 2012-01-05 17:04

    Not surprising the result is better when the standard is down! What else? It still amazes me how some people always manage to bluff themselves - and try to bluff others!!!

  • Patsy - 2012-01-05 17:07

    I would be very frightened to drive on a bridge when the engineers only have a 30% pass mark....

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