Mpuma schools get 50% pass rate warning

2013-10-06 22:31

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Mbombela - Mpumalanga education MEC Reginah Mhaule has warned that independent schools that produce a matric pass rate of less than 50% for three consecutive years will be closed down.

There are 110 independent schools in Mpumalanga, five of which produced a matric pass rate of less than 50% last year.

"If we find that they have performed below 50% for three consecutive years, we will have no option but to close them down," Mhaule told African Eye News Service.

Mhaule acknowledged that 89 government schools obtained less than a 50% matric pass rate last year.

She is optimistic that intervention programmes, particularly at these schools, will make a difference in this year's results.

The intervention programmes include the schooling transformation and reform strategy (Stars) which offers supplementary after-school classes in mathematics and science.

A total of 58 517 part-time and full-time matrics have registered to sit for the 2013 Grade 12 examinations, which start later this month. 

This is approximately 3 000 more than those who sat for last year's exams.

The MEC asked teachers to continue giving their full support to all pupils, especially during the exam period.

Mpumalanga's matric results have improved steadily over the years. The province obtained a 47,9% matric pass in 2009, 56,8% in 2010, 64,8% in 2011 and 70% in 2012.

Of the 47 889 matrics who wrote exams last year, 33 504 passed. Of these, 9 495 qualified for bachelor programmes, 14 277 for diplomas, 9 633 for higher certificates and 99 achieved the National Senior Certificate.
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