Mixed reactions to matric pass rate

2015-01-06 08:00

Johannesburg - Political parties expressed mixed reactions to the 2014 matric pass rate on Monday.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that the national pass rate was 75.8%, from 78.2% in 2013.

The National Freedom Party was unhappy about the results dropping in most provinces.

"In KwaZulu-Natal a lot of administrative problems were reported and more than R500m had to be returned back to the department whilst schools were without the infrastructure," secretary general Nhlanhla Khubisa said in a statement.

A lack of discipline and a poor culture of teaching and learning in most schools compromised results, he said.

The Pan Africanist Congress said the results highlighted "serious deficiencies" in South Africa's education system.

"The mindset of begging for work after 12 years of training, rather than creating opportunities, is a shame," deputy president Sbusiso Xaba said in a statement.

The party was convinced that failure at rural schools was due to the language barrier rather than subject comprehension, as the bottom provinces - the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Northern Cape, had large rural school populations.

The Congress of the People called on national government to take action against the poor performing provinces.

Deputy general secretary Deidre Carter expressed concern at the number of students who dropped out of the system, voluntarily or through culling, before reaching matric.

"Furthermore, Cope expresses its concern at whether our matriculation results signify solid grounding in the national curriculum. Our biggest concern relates to inadequacies in mathematics, science, economics, and business studies."

Democratic Alliance Eastern Cape education spokesperson Edmund van Vuuren said the drop-out rate was disconcerting.

In 2012, 139 323 pupils were enrolled in Grade 10. Of these only 68 548 reached Grade 12 in 2014, a retention rate of 49.2%.

Of the 68 548 pupils in Grade 12 in 2014, 66 935 wrote the exams.

"What happened to the other 1 613 learners that were in Grade 12 but did not sit the exams?" he asked.

  • Heywood Ublowme - 2015-01-06 08:11

    "A lack of discipline"......those words encapsulate the core of the problem not only in the schooling system but also the basic problem in the wider society in SA.....

      MG MG - 2015-01-06 09:03

      Only our President will be happy with a declining rate. It means more loyal supporters in the future. the more uneducated they are, the more likely he is to survive politically!!!!.

      Beaulah Fortuin - 2015-01-06 09:15

      I could not have said that better Heywood and MG

      Jonathan Woods - 2015-01-06 09:33

      So the real honest reality for the EC is actually around 31% pass rate of those who started grade 10 ! Tell the truth for all the provinces Angie and then you might recognise just how little you have achieved and how much more is required !

  • Iain Laing - 2015-01-06 08:12

    What is the pass mark (percentage) for the various matric subjects? if some of them are as low as 30%, obviously an improvement in the overall pass rate will be apparent, but it is false. I would hate to be treated by a Doctor who only got 30% in his Biology exam! Also, such a low pass mark makes our students prisoners of South Africa, as the qualifications will not be accepted outside the country.

      Vin Jonas - 2015-01-06 08:57

      There were upwards adjustments to results made in 8 provinces. Guess who's the ninth province.

      Johan Arno Cilliers - 2015-01-06 09:17

      Yes France..Awaiting your response on Dawid's post..Take your rush.

      Nyzfashionz Tayob - 2015-01-06 12:07

      @dawid there is a new system in universities to accept a specific amount of each race although the whites are passing which they will always pass not because they come from rich back rounds or better schools its because they willing the challenge themselves. Not a lot of non whites do that, maybe a handful of black,indians,coloureds strive for a better future while the other half sit in school either stabbing or trying to get his g-friend pregnant. its all about mind set that is needed and yes france is right YOU CAN NOT ENTER INTO A UNIVERSITY WITH 30% ITS MOSTLY FOR KIDS TO GET INTO COLLEGE'S SO THEY CAN DO SOMETHING ELSE not fail and be depressed and start stealing SO JUST BECAUSE ITS 30% DOES NOT MEAN THEY GOING TO BECOME A DOCTOR it means they can be come a welder fitter and tuner etc handy man with matric. FAILING MATRIC DOES DEPRESS PEOPLE AND THAT WILL HEAD FOR BIG TROUBLE

      Michael Temba Pedro Nxumalo - 2015-01-06 12:25

      u need to obtain above 70% in maths and science to study medicine. Even 100% does not guarantee that u will pass medicine.

  • Shally Jele - 2015-01-06 08:25

    It's a freaking joke, considering the pass mark. This country will never be able to produce scientists who can hv a mark on the world stage, but these politicians don't care cos their families will forever be rich cos of corruption. They don't hv the country's best interest @ heart, they only want to feed their belly

      Abizou Walkeen - 2015-01-06 09:00

      Hit the nail on the head here.

  • Peter Peter - 2015-01-06 08:32

    Some subjects pass-mark 30% - Googled it > worldwide the lowest. No wonder we have the worst education system in the world.

      Stirer Kathray - 2015-01-06 09:08

      30% to pass??? That means they can get 70% wrong and be considered proficient. Would you go to a doctor who got 70% of his diagnoses wrong; or to a builder who got 70% of your house plans wrong. Damned right we are the worst in the world. The pass rate should be at least 50% and preferably 60%. But right now, we are putting the future of our country into the hands of the thirty-percenters.

  • Eugene Trollip - 2015-01-06 09:00

    Does anybody have reliable stats that indicate the % of learners that passed with an aggregate of between 30 -40%, 41 to 50%? Would be interesting to see how many would have failed if the pass mark is raised to 40 or 50%.

      Jonathan Woods - 2015-01-06 10:09

      Actually, she announced that 31% nationally achieved 50% or more. But she also said that quite a few subjects had the marks upwardly adjusted. So this is still not a real reflection !

  • Mukanya - 2015-01-06 09:01

    I do not comprehend the noise. If 75% of a class pass by at least 50%, then I am proud as a teacher. How many of us are performing at 75% rate?

      Eugene Trollip - 2015-01-06 09:03

      Problem is they are not passing at 50%, but at 30%! See my previous comment.

      Jonathan Woods - 2015-01-06 10:11

      Mukanya, that is simply the answer given by a fool and loser. But your attitude explains a great deal of the problem !

      Dan Butler - 2015-01-06 11:35

      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!!

  • Sandy Lange - 2015-01-06 09:07

    Why is education being politicised? The bottom line is if the pupil has not learnt, the teacher has not taught. Finsh en klaar end of story.

  • Andrea Seaton - 2015-01-06 09:10

    How quick we are to blame the teachers... agree our government are not helping here .. totally disorganised.. lack of support to all the schools... etc etc. I have many friends and family who are teachers and what they go through on a daily basis is frightening. "A lack of discipline"... discipline begins at home... our teachers are powerless against kids who are verbally abusive, violent, lack interest. This is a joint effort.. firstly parents need to step up to the plate and ensure that their kids are disciplined and committed... once this is in place it will carry over to school thereby assisting the teachers. This however also requires government to ensure that our teachers are properly qualified to teach, we require them to further ensure that they are provided with the correct tools to teach and instead of putting money into Tolls and Nkandla, use that money for our schools, hospitals and police force

      Jonathan Woods - 2015-01-06 10:16

      Absolutely agreed Andrea, and with that said the current trends of denial of any responsibility from top to bottom is only going to get worse if nothing drastic is done about it soon !

  • Jonathan Kenneth Whittaker - 2015-01-06 09:36

    The government wants to been seen "helping" its nation. It is just a pity that it has adopted the approach of implementing a system that actually undermines the learners' potential, giving them false hope of a brighter future when in reality they are now a generation of unemployables, making it impossible for them to grasp even entry level concepts at a tertiary institution. If i was a learner in that system i would also become angry and feel that 12yrs of my life have been wasted when i cant even get past the middle of my first year of college. What does the government plan to do with these tens of thousands of frustrated individuals now...

  • Dan Butler - 2015-01-06 11:31

    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!!

  • Gert N Jv Rensburg - 2015-01-06 14:15

    This was to be expected, considering how many Teachers were present at school with them striking

  • Marie - 2015-01-06 17:13

    Real reason to celebrate stupidity! After The's passes the have less then 3 . 0. IQ No common sense No rational thinking Not knowing anything. About anything How will our young ones. Get a real education!? I think Not with the ignorant Unions (Pushing the result) to benefit them! But Only qualified Teachers by merit Should be employed ! Not only chosen By politicly correct Race ! The whole educational set up Is only going down!

  • Elthia September - 2015-01-06 17:49

    I cannot believe that there is no outcry from the student bodies about our education system. When I was at school during the apartheid goverment, part of the struggle was against gutter education. We believed that whites were getting a better education and we wanted the same education. What the current govermenti s dishing out is beyond basic. The education level of most matrics today is equal to grade one when I was at school.

  • Vincent Khoza - 2015-01-06 20:05

    This thing of 30% pass rate is nonsense and a way of trying to create a lazy nation. I cant celebrate the 70 something pass rate because I guess 50% out of the 70 something includes students who passed with the BEE pass rate (30%)

      Peter Peter - 2015-01-06 21:09

      Vinc , I lived in Germany for 5 years and they have a minimum of 75%. That why their I estimate that their grade 3 IQ standard equal our grade 12. The result - they won all 5 car of the year categories last year and we cant even built a car. Reason - our ministers are grade 1 standard and the ANC has no clue about education. Bring back the wonderful education college we had before 1994.

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