Motshekga: Proposal to probe pass rate

2012-06-29 18:14

Johannesburg - A commission to investigate the pass rate in public schools was proposed at the ANC policy conference on Friday, said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

Historically, South Africa had never had good pass rates, she said.

Motshekga, who is a member of the ANC sub-committee on education, said that before 1994 an F on lower grade, which was the equivalent of 33%, was regarded as a pass.

"There is an argument that we have lowered the pass rate... [but] we want a commission to investigate trends in other countries."


She said quality and inefficiency were problems in basic education.

"We are experiencing inefficiency in procuring learner support material, and inefficiency in appointing personnel."

She said another problem was infrastructure, which led to overcrowding in classes.

"If there are not enough buildings, children are pushed into a class exceeding the teacher-learner ratio."

She said the ratio was 40 children to one teacher in a class at primary school, and 35 children per teacher at high school.

She said the purchase of textbooks would also be centralised, with the national department buying books for provinces.

"We are not just buying books, we are buying books recommended by experts as the best."

Textbook crisis

She said the centralisation of book procurement would improve distribution and coverage.

"Countries like Swaziland have coverage of over 80%, while SA has just 10% coverage."

Her department had been under pressure to supply books in Limpopo.

Motshekga said regardless of the problems encountered, the department had been able to improve the matric pass rate countrywide.

"We have improved, but it is not enough. We feel we could do better."

She said improving the process followed when school principals were appointed was also being considered.

"At schools where you have an effective principal, the situation is better, even if the school is not well resourced."

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-06-29 18:38

    Judging from the photograph, I am guessing the conference/free booze-up received a delivery of nice new shiny books. Pity about all the schools you have let down since the beginning of the year. What little dignity you might still be able to conjure up, should demand that you resign immediately Madam Minister - for the good of SA youth if for no one else.

  • steve.atherton.180 - 2012-06-29 18:43

    You're almost right... it's the standard of the exams which dictates the pass rate, this should be investigated too. The entire education system should be slanted towards fulfilling the needs of the economy..... otherwise it's all academic (pun intended). There are only so many positions for graduates in the social sciences....

      julio.sanfona - 2012-06-29 18:55

      Good point Steve.

  • daashcroft - 2012-06-29 18:45

    Hang on, I got my matric in 1985 and I can promise you and F was NOT a pass mark. That is an outright lie.

      B.b. - 2012-06-29 19:01

      Liar,,,I know what she's talking about, just that u r being stereotyped. She didn't have to explain a lot on it. But that is true, there was a process on it, e.g., if u have obtained 30 on a HG subject, den it was converted into a standard grade then u qualify to pass,,,where r u from?

      daashcroft - 2012-06-29 19:08

      Well I went to school near Alberton, and anyone who was unlucky enough to have that happen had their mark changed from a Higher Grade F to a Lower Grade E. I am not not aware of anyone with an F on any grade being classed as a pass mark.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-06-29 18:54

    It is amost July and some children in Limpopo still don't have textbooks. You don't need a commission to see where the problem lies.

  • gavin.potter.75 - 2012-06-29 18:55

    18 YEARS LATER, only now is there SUDDENLY a sense of 'URGENCY'! It will not change because there exists ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY.

  • ricardo.a.pieterse - 2012-06-29 18:55

    Why do the Minister and her Department want to focus on less important issues rather than the dying important matters in Limpopo and other problematic issues. And after she had apollogise why have no one been fired or dealth with for the mess. This is a national problem that only happend systematically in the same provinces where no one get punish for. Both the education departments must face the music. People seriously must be fired. Innocent lifes keep on been affected year after year.

  • Jellyarse - 2012-06-29 19:00

    She said quality and inefficiency were problems in basic education. Yes, If you appoint your Cronies to run the show. "We are experiencing inefficiency in procuring learner support material, and inefficiency in appointing personnel." Yes, you are just not efficient! She said another problem was infrastructure, which led to overcrowding in classes. Yes, pay R2 billion for Mr Zuma's new Jet and R700 000 transporting his fat as*ed harem around first,pay off all the golden handshakes etc, etc and THEN we might have some money left for infrastructure - does she know the meaning of the WORD? PICTURE CAPTION: thinks............and how did all these missing textbooks get here.......................? Duh Bia*ch, they're meant to be in the schools, not at your pi*s-up Party Conference!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-06-29 20:24

      I've got a different take on it JellyA; The minister is not quite certain what she is looking at(it's called a text book) and the girl behind with the clipboard is wondering whether she should accept the improper suggestion being made to her by the leering oaf whispering in her ear. That's what it looks like to me, at least ..... I might be wrong though.

  • Sannie - 2012-06-29 19:12

    Blah blah blah!!! F*ck off, you failed to do simple thing, delivering textbook now you are talking about a huge task.

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-06-29 21:05

      Agree @ sannie... mark my words by the end of this year there will still b children without txt books. I also say F*ck off, pathetic human being.

  • braamc - 2012-06-29 19:25

    The problem is you, finish and klaar

  • des.cider - 2012-06-29 19:44

    It also involves the selection of appropriate trainees with adequate ability to learn from and to pass tests and examinations that indicate their competence in term of international standards. How may do we have?

  • Bruce - 2012-06-29 19:46

    Dear Angie, "We are experiencing inefficiency.......", you make it sound like bad weather, an unfair act of God. If I were a teacher I would bluntly reword this, "you were inefficient and you appointed the wrong people." Before setting up a centralized disaster, check if any provinces made a good job of ordering their books, if it is not broken do not "fix" it!

  • donovan.solomons - 2012-06-29 20:04

    By centralising the distribution of the books, she (Education minister) ensures that not only one province will receive their books late, but all provinces. Somebody needs to explain to her the stupidity of that idea. And centralising it means a nice tender for a buddy. Where did she get her education????

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-06-29 21:11

      By centralising the distribution of the books , Then all provinces will receive NO bloody txt books,The NATION MUST DEMAND HER RESECNATION !!!

  • Mossie Geldenhuys - 2012-06-29 23:50

    Dear Angie. Fix your front teeth. Please!!!!

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