Motshekga closes book on OBE

2014-01-06 21:13

Johannesburg – Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) will become a thing of the past Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said during the announcement of the 2013 matric results on Monday.

“The nation can be assured that this year [2014] OBE will be a thing of the past.”

Motshekga said in order to strengthen the curriculum, the education department started phasing out OBE.

“The education department is not perfect, it is stabilising education system and it’s time to reap the benefits from our hard work.”

During the nearly two hour-long press conference Motshekga announced the matric pass rate for 2013 has increased to 78.2% from 73.9% in 2012.

Free State matrics scored the highest pass rate for 2013, with a pass rate of 87.4%.

In total 78.2% of the class of 2013 passed.

Matric results for the provinces are: North West 87.2%, Gauteng 87%, Western Cape 85.1%, KwaZulu-Natal 77.4%, Mpumalanga 77.6%, Northern Cape 74.5%, Limpopo 71.8% and Eastern Cape 64.9%

There were a total of 562 112 full-time pupils for 2013.

"The standard of our question papers has improved significantly and is comparable to most international bodies," she said in Johannesburg.

Matrics will be able to get their individual results from Tuesday 7 January at 06:00.

Results will be available at schools, exam centres or in major newspapers. They can also be obtained from the department of basic education’s website.

Western Cape matrics will only be able to access their results online from midday on Wednesday.

  • David - 2014-01-06 21:23

    It really is a sorry state of affairs when a country reach the point where the action (or in some cases the lack thereof)or comments by the government has reached the point that the government is so discredited that it is not believed, or taken seriously or is just plainly scoffed at! There is no credibility at all, in nothing they do or say!

      Org Potgieter - 2014-01-06 22:52

      Well, at least banning OBE is a start. Thanks for nothing, Kader Asmal. You buggered ahead when everybody warned you it's a failed system in First World countries, nevermind Third World with its limited resources. What % of your schools has a library? No wonder experts of note says the current system is worse than Bantu education.

      MastersVoice - 2014-01-06 23:05

      OBE will be a thing of the past in about 40-50 years from now.

      Karel Kotz - 2014-01-06 23:10

      At age 14 i realised obe was bullsh.. We were the guinea pigs of obe so i knew the old syllabus and think i am in a good position to comment on the matter. But it boils down to the fact that a 14 year old boy had more insight into the matter than the so called education ministers at the time. Weirdly though, if the pass rate is so much higher, why fix it if it aint broken.... Just admit you screwed up the lives of millions of children with obe.

      Ian Flack - 2014-01-07 05:06

      "The standard of our question papers has improved significantly and is comparable to most international bodies,". Well, this may be the case, but where in the world do you only need 30% to pass. Think about it, if 78% passed at 30%, then 22% (that's almost a quarter) failed at 30%!!!! Now Angie, rework the stats using the 1.2 million who started in 2002 instead of the 562,112 who sat?

      Pete Steyn - 2014-01-07 06:19

      It is not by accident. The ANC knows that if the electorate is educated they will stop voting ANC. This is a calculated stratagy by the ANC - keep the people semi literate, keep them in low paying jobs. People with nothing to lose vote ANC. People with education achieve more. People with more (investments and property) start thinking, "which political party will help me to achieve more in life." When people have more to gain that just a remembrance of a once promising but long faded party that gave them freedom but then spectacularly failed to deliver anything else - then a mediocre, lackluster party like the ANC will not last long. And that is the truth

      Philile Maseti - 2014-01-07 07:11


      Andre Van Deventer - 2014-01-07 07:13

      The main reason why OBE was introduced was was to snub the previous dispensation, which was the best system in any event. The ANC led government has not been able to improve on most systems. They only change names and create plenty non-functioning departments to create work for the cadres. All at the cost of the poor millions!

      Penny Hansen - 2014-01-07 09:08

      I am so tired of people blaming poor Kader Asmal for OBE. He did not introduce it. He was the second minister of education after 1994 and he tried his best to fix what was wrong with OBE, by setting up an intensive consultation with all stakeholders and making changes that resulted in the New Curriculum Statement in 2001. Unfortunately the damage was already done.

      Foc Us - 2014-01-07 10:35

      @Penny ... I do not agree with you. Kader Asmal supported OBE 100% he resigned later on when he realised it was a dumb system!! I will not challenge you whether HE or his predecessor introduced it but he was certainly in a position to stop it IF he wanted to!!

  • Rustic - 2014-01-06 21:26

    This was an ANC decision back then. This is merely a predictable embarrasing volte-face.

      Erich Goosen - 2014-01-08 13:11

      I wonder how many millions of Rands were spent on this pie in the sky?

  • Zenya Kwese - 2014-01-06 21:28

    "The standard of our question papers has improved significantly and is comparable to most international bodies," what about the standard of grading results, say the full story please. What about the standard of your grading, that is very critical. Setting quality exams is only part of the full picture and if the rating of results is not up to standard then the whole glory is lost.

  • Jenifer Johnstone - 2014-01-06 21:29

    Ja 78,2% pass rate ,matric maths literacy is equivalent to standard 4 in the old days and Angie can be proud !

  • Ludi Van Der Nest - 2014-01-06 21:31

    Another failure proudly brought to you by the cANCer.

  • Craig Drysdale - 2014-01-06 21:32

    why not reduce the pass requirement to from 33% to 20%. Then the pass rate could exceed 90%. As it is, 33% is a disgrace.

      Armand Mynhardt-Joubert - 2014-01-06 21:44

      Craig it is not 33% at present. It is a minimum of 30%

      Craig Drysdale - 2014-01-06 22:11

      Oops sorry. In that case we can look forward to 93% at least.

      reality - 2014-01-06 22:27

      And do you get the 1st 30% if you spell your name correctly?

  • MM - 2014-01-06 21:34

    thats a huge step, admitting publicly that they made a misstake!! nice one!!!!!!!!! we can only become a better country by taking responcibility and learning from misstakes! i'm behind our educators and department.

      Craig Drysdale - 2014-01-06 22:12

      appreciate the sarcasm.

  • Nic Mechanic - 2014-01-06 21:36

    ....methinks Motshekga should become a thing of the past....just saying....

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2014-01-06 21:36

    Thank God i did matric in 2004 with old education ,i ddnt pass by making house with cardbox

  • Jon Low - 2014-01-06 21:43

    OBE works excellently. But only when applied correctly and with all the proper resources. That includes a pupil:teacher ratio of no more than 25:1, unlimited internet access and fully-benchmarked exemplars for every standard. Or else it's like handing out teaspoons to people who have to load up a truckload of gravel. It was like that at the start, and the dumb ANC ministers like Asmal and Pandor refused to listen. They listened, in thrall, only to the voices of the eggheaded university academics (who, incidentally, do NOT apply OBE to their didactics) and they ignored all the warnings from the school classroom teachers who were arrogantly ordered just to do as they were told and be quiet. Of course it all went pear-shaped.

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-01-06 21:51

      Yep. As with ALL Alliance Policies, it's not the policies that are the problem, it's the implementation. Neat politrick, this "we are the destroyers of the very system we created" And everyone goes a-voting once again. Goldfish have longer attention spans

      Jon Low - 2014-01-06 23:36

      At corporate level, most industry training has always been OBE for decades. You understudy an experienced worker, get to be show the steps involved and "watch and learn" until you are good enough at the job to replace the fellow-worker who taught you. When you can deliver the required outcome by being put to the test and so proving your competence, your education in that area is complete. Later on, you end up teaching your own understudy, before moving on to learn a new task. Outcomes-based learning is actually pretty simple, natural and intuitive. But in the hands of academics it gets wrapped in mystery and illusion and sprinkled with fashionable academic jargon until nobody really knows what on earth is expected of them and they all dance about in a whirl of bluff.

      Heibrin Venter - 2014-01-07 00:47

      @Jon Low: OBE does NOT work for everything. In fact, as far as study at school level goes it sucks, big time. OBE only works for non-academic subjects, i.e. trades and then only when students can read & write at least. Trying to teach someone IT for instance using OBE is a disaster. The same with maths and sciences.

      Jon Low - 2014-01-07 02:41

      Agreed, OBE works better with practical rather than conceptual subjects. Both maths and science are actually far more practical and hands-on (thus OBE-ready) than heavily-conceptual subjects like history, literature or economics. But OBE, if correctly applied, can be made to work very well with almost anything. That's why it is the pedagogy of choice in almost all of the countries heading up the PISA performance indices. But in none of these winning nations do they even try to cut corners by having 50 learners in a class, or to under-resource schools by not having basic facilities like on-demand internet access and academically-expert subject teachers, or even sub-basic things like libraries and labs. Silk purses will simply NOT be made from sows' ears, no matter how much "cool" jargon and dodgy ideologically-driven pseudo-research pretends otherwise. If you can't supply ALL the necessary prerequisite conditions for OBE, you're far better off with the old-school "chalk-and-talk" and tests you will fail if you haven't actually swotted.

  • Chikapa Hobyani - 2014-01-06 21:50

    Give Angie a 'long break'.She has studied her speech very well and passed with flying colours. Give the ANC the remaining 28,2% during elections for service delivery.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2014-01-06 21:51

    At last!

  • Marcelle Lodewyk - 2014-01-06 21:52

    what did this cost the taxpayer? do your research first lady!!!!

      lacrimosewolf - 2014-01-06 22:00

      What did it cost the 97% who started school and never finished?

  • Marius Marais - 2014-01-06 21:58

    I agree with Angie. Away with OBE away. My pet parrot passed this year with three distinctions. Viva education in this country, viva.

  • marelize.pinto - 2014-01-06 22:18

    So all the poor kids until last years matrics had this crappy, useless, failed outcome base education. Thanks a lot for nothing, you admitted defeat too late. My youngest just wrote matric. Saw the system was crap, when my eldest entered Gr.1! Took you long enough.

  • Charmaine Geyser - 2014-01-06 22:21

    78% WOW.......Considering that our standard pass rate is so low no wonder the percentage has risen. Our education department either have little faith in our youth or they are keeping the pass rate so low because they can slack off and only teach a third of the curriculum and still get pupils to pass. Imagine going in for surgery and you die because your surgeon only passed a his 30%! He will then say......oh sorry I can only do 30% of the surgery cos I don't know the rest. if our standards were higher then I would say well don. But they are shame on the education department for giving up on our youth.

      Steve Grobler - 2014-01-06 22:30

      Ahem to that Charmaine ! And with all the corrupt cANCer cadre appointees in the Ed department we CAN NOT trust the 78% pass rate even with low standards to be true . . .

      Jon Low - 2014-01-07 02:44

      Your surgeon, if he or she got 50% in their university exams, would have passed everything. Yes, even if they only knew half of their stuff. That's the reality.

  • Pierre Barnard - 2014-01-06 22:28

    Thanks for experimenting with a generation

      Omn Basso - 2014-01-06 23:06

      And keeping that bicycle reinvention for ever!

  • Jaco Grobbelaar - 2014-01-06 22:29

    Does that mean 21.8% of learners failed to achieve the 30% pass rate?

      Lebeko Merafe - 2014-01-07 06:47

      In the Republic of western cape, the percentage seems to be more than that.

  • Dwain Trollip - 2014-01-06 22:29

    Err so what's it being replaced with?

  • Tanja Jaehne - 2014-01-06 22:30

    Can u ppl make up your freaking minds?? Education is not something you play around with. Stop manipulating the system to suit yourselves. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Stop f**king around with education and stop f**cking around with the future of our kids. Get real, we are talking about the children, who are the future. Ffs.

  • The Philosopher's Stone - 2014-01-06 22:33

    "Motshekga said in order to strength the curriculum, the education department started phasing out OBE." Who needs to learn english? Motshekga or the journo?

      Grace Andtruth - 2014-01-06 22:44

      Or editor... It seems to run parallel

  • Dwain Trollip - 2014-01-06 22:35

    Err so what is it being replaced with? More crap? Or the HG/SG stuff that seperates boys from men?

      Adrianh - 2014-01-06 23:39

      No man, they seperate da boys from da men by cutting de peepee in the men bleed to death...

  • Sbongile Mgunculu Tlhale - 2014-01-06 22:44

    And the fact that the pass mark is 30 % has nothing to with the increase in pass rate! Our beloved country is doomed !!!

  • Ding Bat - 2014-01-06 22:51

    Lower the pass mark and you would get a higher pass rate madam. Something 'realistic' say 10%. That would be a real feather in your cap. Incidently i think you will still not achieve a 100% pass rate.

  • Loopz Madiseng - 2014-01-06 22:59

    Hahaha, my appeal to the media is that they refrain asking Angie about the 30/40% lest she tells you that...."this is not Zimbabwe" hence zuma already chose Malawi,forgetting that Zimbabwe is much better than us education wise. Maharaj won't apologize on her behalf, she'll just bite it head off with those teeth of hers I love so much

  • Innocent - 2014-01-06 23:02

    OBE is integrated part of all learning approach,any book from primarily school to high and varsity,the is a Outcome, skill knowlegd to be achieving. how can she said ,she crash OBE,while it still there.

      Guy Morel - 2014-01-06 23:10

      You appear to have an OBE

      theo.ferreira.58 - 2014-01-07 06:29


      Karabo Mpolokeng - 2014-01-07 14:37

      That's a really dumb comment from a product of OBE!

  • Grace Andtruth - 2014-01-06 23:03

    My comments are being deleted again why? And why are Zuma's school going kids educated at IBE schools? Says something doesn't it???

  • Ndelwa Inam - 2014-01-06 23:06

    Congratulations mam'u Motshekga

  • Verbotene Liebe - 2014-01-06 23:08

    l smell corruption, and what was OBE???, l heard most of the students finishes high school without speaking English and knowing how to Write.

  • Sphesh Nondumiso Hlatshwayo - 2014-01-06 23:27

    I thought OBE was scrapped in 2007

  • Adrianh - 2014-01-06 23:32 more obe edukashon bekause I got da share in da new preenting kompany. We gonna make-a lots of money preenting da new teext books. Im also going to start da new skool to teach dem teacha of da maatriek class how that one std 2 eeelgebra werks....but feerst I got to get da new BMW750iL bekause I deed sush e goot jop to make all da keeds pass although they kant count or reed.

  • Dumisani Thamaga - 2014-01-06 23:37

    I wnt rest until we do IBE.Ths current mzansi educatn it doesn't hv meaning

  • Bianca Lottering - 2014-01-06 23:45

    1. Passing with 30% means no University will admit you. Stop insinuating that University graduates are stupid and with random comments like 'who wants a doctor who only knows 30% of what he/she should know" 2. Universities have introduced the NBT to circumvent the fact that they can't rely on matric results. 3. Our Universities are world class. UCT(my alma mater) is currently ranked 126. 4. Stop complaining and find a way to improve the situation. Be proactive. 5. The foundation of the system is rotten. Many schools still have teachers from the apartheid era, these teachers are not competent. 6. Teachers are the backbone of the world, yet they are underpaid (especially in SA) and this has led to a shortage of teachers and people studying towards the profession. What we deem as a pandemic is only the beginning of what is to come if no corrective measures are taken.

      Armand Mynhardt-Joubert - 2014-01-07 00:19

      Are you really blaming apartheid the same as most of the black do. A lot of the apartheid teachers have left or died. My mother in law's father was a teacher. During his time (He died at the age of 88) school children still respected the teachers and valued the lessons they have learned. Blame the fact that no child can be disciplined anymore by a teacher or educator and to top this all no manners and respect is taught at home anymore. I work in corporate training and I can tell you that the rotten system you refer to is not only the school system but more and more the home system as well. Parents don't care about their children anymore and to make this worse is the fact that more and more households require both parents to work in order to make ends meet. It is not just the educational system that needs to be fixed but the basic principles of respect (both for others and one self). Yes teachers are underpaid and I agree that this needs to be fixed. You say be proactive and yet I am one of the practitioners in the systems that has to fight against disrespect, lack of resources, Lack of motivation on the leaner's part, learners at the age of 10 thinking they are adults and that you as an educator cannot teach him/her anything and you also do not have the right to tell the learner what to do. Learners have learned in the last 20 years that there are no consequences for your actions. So what would the corrective measures you want to see, be?

      Bianca Lottering - 2014-01-07 00:26

      Do the research. They were not adequately trained. The aim was to educate non-whites just so they could serve their white masters. Yes the education system for the white minority was much better, then again the service was being delivered to the minority (less than 20% of the population). Illiteracy levels in the black community were high. A bachelors degree is not worth nothing, employers have more than enough applicants to choose from so they require something more. Its not that you are not adequately skilled when you have a bachelors degree.

      Armand Mynhardt-Joubert - 2014-01-07 00:28

      You did not answer my question. So what would the corrective measures you want to see, be?

      Bianca Lottering - 2014-01-07 00:38

      John Smith, 30% pass is not a matric exemption. And in the context of SA, Matric is the term given to grade 12 students. I know for a fact that at UCT, the NBT results form part of the admission points score. Does not matter if you have matric exemption.

      Bianca Lottering - 2014-01-07 00:40

      Armand please bear with me as I am using a moblie phone to access news24.

      Heibrin Venter - 2014-01-07 00:50

      @Bianca: You, like so many others, can't disconnect politics from the job someone had to do. Apartheid teachers were good at what they did (doesn't matter if it was teaching blacks or whites) and knew how to do it. Why do you think they are in demand the world over??

      Bianca Lottering - 2014-01-07 00:52

      Armand, not all the apartheid teachers are out of the system. Some of them who started teaching between 1984 and 1994 are still there. I know this to be a fact because I matriculated in 2006 and was thought by some of them. Lucky for me I figured early on that I needed to teach myself. Yes all the other points you raised are part of the problem, my list was not nearly exhaustive of all the problems with the system. What corrective measures should be taken? Well for one, weed out all incompetent teacher. For me that's number 1. Raise the salaries paid to teachers. Establish a committee that will look into the system which should comprise mainly of academics.

      Bianca Lottering - 2014-01-07 01:01

      Armand I have more to say but typing on my phone is tedious. @ Heibren, please do not box me. There's a huge difference between black and white apartheid teachers and that is due to politics, nothing else. I went to a high school that was an amalgamation of a previously white and a black apartheid government school. The difference between the teachers was evident. What I am saying is that black teachers were trained to teach slaves.

      Armand Mynhardt-Joubert - 2014-01-07 01:25

      I see the problem and this might seem rude (please it is not meant that way). You are doing the same thing as most people do and they want to start with the system at school. This in true but what about fixing the problems at home first! Parents are not assisting the kids with their homework; they are doing it for the kids. Oldest trick in the book. Where is the responsibility? Children have the audacity to disrespect teachers even though the kids did not do the work. Now, at one point the government closed down most of the teachers’ collages. Unqualified teachers were sources as they were needed. Now about 2 years ago the DoE got rid of these teachers and left some bad ones behind. The problem I have is that the teachers (unqualified) that was good was not RPL'd in order to keep them in the system. Yes some old teachers are still there but we lost a lot of new good people that could have made a difference as well. Parents think that the school teachers are baby sitter for after school. This must stop. If the parent cannot look after the kids don't dump them on the teachers, get a baby sitter. Secondly when parents are called to a parent/ teachers meeting to discuss the progress of a learner, their child, and most parents never pitch for the meetings. As a teacher you sit there and maybe two parents and learners will show. No consideration or respect for the teachers’ time or willingness. Basic values need to be taught at home! Then try and fix the school system same time.

      Jon Low - 2014-01-07 06:52

      Back in the 19th century, universities set their own entrance exam which was known as the Matriculation. But when state schooling came along in full force in the 20th century and university applicants increased massively in number, the universities could no longer test all their applicants for all their courses themselves. So they established, in conjunction with all the provincial education departments, a "Joint Matriculation Board" (JMB). Children attending the top private schools sat the JMB's own matriculation exam and all who passed these exams were eligible for university entrance. But the JMB's other function was to assess the exams set by each of the other examining bodies -- the provincial ones, and the racially-segregated ones. If, in their opinion, these exams were as rigorous as the JMB's own exam, then a successful candidate would not be required to sit the JMB exam in addition to the one they've already sat. They would be granted an exemption -- "Matriculation Exemption". The JMB exam's pass mark was 40%, while all the provincial senior certificate exams required only 33.3% So, to earn matriculation exemption from the JMB, you had to get 40% for your aggregate, and you had to pass your home language plus maths or a third language, each with a sub-minimum of 40%. If all you wanted was a school-leaver's Senior Certificate, you needed only 33.3% on aggregate.

      Motlalepula Matshwe - 2014-01-07 07:00

      Thanks Bianca for standing up for the truth and ignoring those who are trying to intimidate you by insinuating you are reasoning like a black. You are referring to facts in 1953 Bantu Education Act was passed and its sole purpose was to ensure the production of skills appropriate to a subordinate role in the economy and most people here are still fighting for that system to be retained or brought back so that they can claim blacks are free while they enjoy the fruits of Apartheid. How can they shamelessly claim Apartheid education was good/better when cost for a black child were lowered,under qualified teachers were used to teach children. Education before 1960 was better when majority of black children who attended school were taught in missionary schools

      Motlalepula Matshwe - 2014-01-07 07:07

      It was apartheid that degraded teaching. Teachers had to work a double session day with larger classes, employment qualifications were lowered, salaries remaining at an inadequate levels for blacks while those of whites were raised. I quote verwoerd "The bantu teachers must be integrated as an active agent in the process of the development of the bantu community".So yes blame on history although I fought it and it failed to crush I don't believe I will now be defeated by empty rhetorics

      Clint Warren - 2014-01-07 07:10

      Bianca - you are absolutely correct. Bantu education was substandard. All the money went into white schools. A hard truth to swallow, but the truth nonetheless.

      Janine Filmer - 2014-01-07 08:03

      Jon - I wrote JMB matric exams in 1974 and I'm pretty sure that the pass mark was 50%, not 40%.

      Jon Low - 2014-01-07 08:22

      No, it was 40%, not 50%. 50% was a D symbol, and you only needed an E to pass. E = 40-49%.

      Bianca Lottering - 2014-01-07 08:37

      Thanks Armand, I fully agree with you. I am highly critical of the government and that is why my analysis is centred around the school system, however I concur that parents and kids bear some of the blame. I shall now refrain from commenting further because the responses are starting to turn into personal character attacks. Thank you to everyone who constructively criticised my points and added valuable comments.

  • Janine Filmer - 2014-01-06 23:53

    It's a pity that Motshekga is not a thing of the past.

  • Nkululeko Holicsta Madi - 2014-01-07 00:24

    1. Work on the foundation 1st and teach our children how to spell. 2. After knowing how to spell, teach them how to read with understanding. 3. 1 and 2 are the fundamental of passing matric. Point is our children cannot write or read English and that is their failure. Stop telling us about OBE IBT ABC...

  • Ivan Prinsloo - 2014-01-07 01:25

    As a teacher of English, I feel the need to comment here. While I by no means support the low pass rates endorsed by our education system, I feel it my duty to point out the obvious: please ensure that YOUR grammar and facts are correct before posting comments about the state of education in this country. Claiming to have matriculated under a "superior" or better educational system loses its value when your comments are riddled with basic grammatical and factual flaws.

      theo.ferreira.58 - 2014-01-07 06:39

      Give this man a Bell's. Thank you, sir.

      Lazzy Sekopa - 2014-01-07 06:41

      I gues spelling is not part of gramma then. Read your commet

      Pete Steyn - 2014-01-07 07:19

      Please enlighten us Lazzy.

      Bianca Lottering - 2014-01-07 07:45

      @Lazzy grammatical is in fact the correct spelling.

      Henning Pantke - 2014-01-07 08:40

      some of what you say is true, but also remember most people comment on the run, have small phones with touch screen keyboards, we don't all have time to review our comments before posting, so i don't really have too many problems with bad grammar on blogs.

  • Di - 2014-01-07 02:42

    I'm sure this is a hoax!!! What a sad joke, Angie Motskekga

  • theo.ferreira.58 - 2014-01-07 03:06

    This is a huge story, the DA should run away with this at the election campaign. The ANC want to have their cake and eat it. "best year ever" yet "OBE is a thing if the past". Give. Me. A. Break. I don't know to laugh or cry at this idiocy. Someone please stop the madness.

  • Mondli Mlotshwa - 2014-01-07 03:47

    What percentage of the learners qualified to study towards a Bachelor's Degree? That is more important... Quality vs Quantity...

  • Mbalenhle Dlamini - 2014-01-07 03:53

    OBE shld be bck.i thnk t z th easiest.ppl cnt fail lyk ds

      Feeble Bongo - 2014-01-07 04:52

      Don't use monkee(y) speak on a human forum.

      john.tansell.5 - 2014-01-07 06:19

      It is because of OBE that you cannot write a sentence in plain English....dumb ass

      theo.ferreira.58 - 2014-01-07 06:42

      Please tell me that is an attempt at irony.

      Simon Henderson - 2014-01-07 09:37

      Can someone please translate Mbalenhle's comment for me? Preferably into English.

      Nonhlanhla Mhlongo - 2014-01-07 20:33

      I suppose we should thank OBE for your English.

  • Mbuyiselo Tayi - 2014-01-07 05:14

    Eastern Cape need to do better we always the lowest out of all provinces, and it used to be supplying these provinces with best candidates

      Henning Pantke - 2014-01-07 08:42

      Those ANC strongholds, Eastern Cape and Limpopo...where all our leaders come from.

  • Abbey M. Motaung - 2014-01-07 05:18

    This OBE created useless matriculants.

  • MC - 2014-01-07 05:20

    Outcome based education enabled the teacher to prove competance of the learner based on the assesments. I am just wondering how will they be measured? If there is a plan in place to measure properly then I would like hear it? The problem with that is that it will bring grades down not take them up? I have seen a teacher mark high school papers and the marking is done according to the childs ability and not a set standard.

  • Lindokuhle Mhlongo - 2014-01-07 05:21

    edu must b informed by what pple need 2 know.

  • MC - 2014-01-07 05:21

    Outcome based education enabled the teacher to prove competance of the learner based on the assesments. I am just wondering how will they be measured? If there is a plan in place to measure properly then I would like hear it? The problem with that is that it will bring grades down not take them up? I have seen a teacher mark high school papers and the marking is done according to the childs ability and not a set standard.

  • Lindokuhle Mhlongo - 2014-01-07 05:37

    do us all a favour & b a thing of the past too.

  • Tau Morena - 2014-01-07 05:42

    I had my doubtz on the class of 2013. Either they out-did themselves or itz just anada campaign strategy by the ANC. I just hope the 'new' curriculum will help matriculantz create not search for employment!

  • Juluka Watson Mabasa - 2014-01-07 05:42

    Thank God this joke called 0BE is off now,so what will happen to those billions spent on books,and teachers must go back to basics,poor teachers,I forsee chaose of lack of text books again,and. Those who ar at varsity with OBE certificates will take time to graduate,becouse 0BE is rubbish here in S.A maybe in China it worked.

      suzanne.grobler1 - 2014-01-07 07:38

      It also work in Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom. If applied correctly it is a brilliant system to test a learner's knowledge and the practical application thereof. Pity is that it was implemented before teachers were properly trained and received no assistance from the department to deal with the administration attached to assessments. So, don't blame OBE, blame the politicians who did not give the support structures.

      michael.tetley.35 - 2014-01-07 08:00

      OBE is a very resource intensive system, suited to a first world environment where EVERYTHING is available and in place.

  • Bernard Pols - 2014-01-07 05:49

    Trusting the new spindoctor of education, the Dept Minister, is dangerous. Listening to his self- praise was a bore. He obviously had a stab at Prof Jansen; but the truth is that Prof Jansen always hits the nerve. At least the Minister has now put the OBE to rest, and the government admits that KADER and PANDOR cost us a generation. The pass rates do not tell the truth facts of the situation. the stats were conveniently presented, but where was the flip side of the coin Minister. The universities feel the effects of our defective system. We need QUALITY not QUANTITY (which you conveniently attain with 30% pass marks).

      Jon Low - 2014-01-07 06:18

      Universities have simply been too lazy to develop their own purpose-built entrance exams which could accurately assess which of their applicants have all the necessary aptitudes, attitudes, abilities and means to make a likely success of university study. Lazy universities simply piggyback on the school exit exams which are designed only to test your school-leaving readiness and not your university-entrance readiness. After all, 80% of school leavers do not even bother trying to get into university. They sat the exam to leave school with a Senior Certificate. Only an elite 20% -- the brightest school-leavers of the lot -- even seek university entrance. So universities ought to test this 20% in their own entrance exams to sort out the mere 5% who will likely ever graduate and send the other 15% on their way without wasting their parents' money.

      Jon Low - 2014-01-07 08:27

      Universities -- if they really value their independence and their much-trumpeted standards of excellence -- will not abandon these things just to massage the delicate ego of government. And it's not just the current ANC government -- it applied equally to the former NP regime. The universities are just plain lazy. Have been that way for over a century.

      Bianca Lottering - 2014-01-07 08:51

      Universities are businesses. Most important to the is the bottom line. Its not a huge problem if students fail and drop out. This is further aggravated by the fact that world rankings are mostly focused on research.

      Jon Low - 2014-01-07 11:32

      Universities have always had loftier aims than just the "bottom line". If profit really was their main ambition, they could simply double or triple their course fees. Yes, they'd be excluding half to two thirds of their applicants on cost grounds alone, but there would still be enough rich applicants left to fill every vacancy they have.

  • Goddard Morrie - 2014-01-07 06:04

    what happened to Bengo? This OBE should never have happened. besides the financial implications it brought, our children have been robbed of a good education!