No matric passes at seven schools

2013-01-04 11:17

Johannesburg - Seven South African schools failed to produce a single successful matric pupil in 2012, according to a report on Friday.

The Star reported that two schools in KwaZulu-Natal, two schools in Limpopo and one each in Gauteng, North West and the Eastern Cape failed to produce a matriculant who passed the final exam..

At Mangala Senior Secondary School in Libode, Eastern Cape, all 56 matrics failed, while at Sunshine Christian Private School in the North West the entire class of 27 matrics failed, according to the report.

The only matric writing exams at Wavelength High School in Johannesburg also failed to pass.

These schools were among the 126 schools across the country that could not achieve a pass rate of 20%, The Star reported.

A 20% to 39% pass rate was obtained at 485 schools, while 1 224 schools had a pass rate of between 40 to 59%.

On Wednesday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that the matric pass rate in South Africa improved in 2012, with 73.9% of grade 12s passing their final exams.

This was an improvement on the 70.2% pass rate in 2011.


  • obadia.segwape - 2013-01-04 11:23

    my people my government MY DOOMED

      omo.naija.750 - 2013-01-04 11:38

      The educators at those schools should all be fired.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2013-01-04 11:51

      Go Western Province!!! - 2013-01-04 11:53

      Close these schools. Stop blaming everyone else. Look at the learners first. How did they get as far as matric? Maybe they are just too stupid to get any further

      gideon.walt - 2013-01-04 12:05

      So disgraceful, time abandon the ship!

      joemarshe.push - 2013-01-04 12:14

      Is this the ANC legacy you want? The ANC has failed this country in every way. TIME FOR CHANGE !!!

      debduplessis - 2013-01-04 12:40

      aaaiiiii .... God Gert! If these pupils even had teachers and/or textbooks then they all must be fired! Pupils get yourselves into a school that cares & ensure this year you achieve your goals & ambitions - your Government can not do it for you as an individual despite the utterances

      walter.tgsa - 2013-01-04 13:00

      @Alicia.myburgh.65: You are absolutely right, but I think we should become a bit more 'ambitious'. I believe to pass Matric, the pass rate should surely be around 70%? A pass rate of 35% devalues Matric and like you say, gives young people wrong perceptions about their future prospects. Maybe, the government should rather focus on promoting to business apprenticeship schemes more heavily (and pay subsidies, once trainees have passed the apprenticeship!), well-educated plumbers and electricians and other tradesman are needed! And if these then experiences tradesman work well, they earn good money too!

      Johannvw13 - 2013-01-04 13:07

      At least they don't have to make new friends this year... :p

      mike.lindsay.391 - 2013-01-04 13:26

      I guess the teachers for the kid in Johannesburg have very very long wavelengths - as in flat line !

      motlalepula.sompane - 2013-01-04 14:27

      "Sunshine Christian Private School in the North West the entire class of 27 matrics failed, according to the report." This one is a Christian Private School. Who is blaming the government here? You all need prayers.

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2013-01-04 17:40

      Julius Malema: “ Congrats to all the matrics that passed away”

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2013-01-04 19:33

      This COSATU are the noose around SA's neck.. If they weren't busy defending the jobs of the poor quality teaching, many of the workers would have got a better education and would be creating jobs elsewhere. Inspect all the schools, sack the dead wood and then hike teachers' salaries to attract quality applicants..

      aniken.vader.31 - 2013-01-04 19:42

      Did i read that right??? 20% pass rate??????? Wow i did not think cANCer could stoop to such lows.....

      moses.m.masilela - 2013-01-04 21:25

      @madame alicia myburgh - DA will never rule this government, the sooner you accept that the better for your health. If you can't beat ANC join it. Stop criticising the ANC gov for it has been elected to lead this economy and thank God that they're doing their best to lead it. You're old enough to be crying at DA to rule, wipe your tears and face facts dear. Stop blaming ANC for everything, DA also has its own weaknesses which are much broader than the ANC. I call for you to join the ANC, I'll personally pay you.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-05 00:03

      Let me see if I've got this straight, Alicia. Moses wants you to join the ANC and he'll pay you for doing that? How quickly the ANC attempts to bribe/buy people. Please set him straight as rudely as you can; I'd appreciate it.

      aniken.vader.31 - 2013-01-05 07:10

      Moses. I accept 100million rands in tenders. Then I will also join cANCer....

      anton.debeer.3701 - 2013-01-05 09:55

      Omonaijia, Looks like there are 18 of them.

      rowan.clark.10 - 2013-01-05 10:27

      Educators should be fired for not doing there job in these weak schools the youth and parents must be involved in there schools.Get it right now . If the educaters are not working then look a little higher until u find the minister of education and you fire her . Or you get a responsible goverment that looks after the system of educating your children it starts with you using your vote wisely and for that you need an education. Do you see the circle now it goes around and it gets better with clever people and wealthy people being in the country not chasing them away to take their skills and employment to other countries .

      boere.troos.5 - 2013-01-05 11:39

      Dont worry - even if they failed - there will always be a position for them in the anc political system, like dep minister or even minister ? Volkstaat !

      walter.tgsa - 2013-01-05 21:33

      @MosesMasilela: Seems to me YOUR loss if the DA never runs this country as the majority of previous disadvantaged people are not doing well under the current government and its policies. And once the money runs out and pensions are no longer paid, we'll all see how happily things continue..

      dylan.claude.752 - 2013-01-06 00:09

      @mbongeni.wondering what the anc has done for you that you glorifying them so much?is it A)that you got a cosy job doing nothing and getting paid alot for it thanks to bee to pay people to join your party or is it B)that you are too uneducated to see their wrong doings?hope you catch a wake up call soon

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2013-01-06 15:19

      These statistics, as bad as they are, are after the mathematics results of blacks students have been adjusted up by 10% and that of white, Indian and coloured students down. Matric marks adjusted up - In order to get a higher pass rate, the ANC did not increase the standards of education, they lowered it. They scrapped “Higher Grade” and “Standard Grade”, they lowered the pass mark to 30% and they introduced a Mickey Mouse subject called Mathematics Literacy that basically equip matriculants to later bargain with a prostitute or know when a drug dealer is ripping them off. Notice in this article they say “These schools could not achieve a ‘PASS RATE OF 20%’. ‘A 20% to 39% PASS RATE’ was obtained at 485 schools” … so 20% is adjusted to 30% = PASS

  • KallieHBal - 2013-01-04 11:23

    Blame Apartheid for this too!!!

      erich.goosen - 2013-01-04 12:04

      These dismal results stand in contrast with the Minister's claims that certain students in Soweto achieved a 100% passrate in a variety of subjects, including Science, something not even achied by top learners in public and private school. Does the Minister really think we are that naive?

      timmy.ditsele - 2013-01-04 12:15

      What are saying? No child frm soweto can achieve 100%?

      KallieHBal - 2013-01-04 12:54

      There - I grew up in George. Coloureds and "Africans" had more than enough good schools, but the children themselves chose to vandalise them. This has nothing to do with apartheid. They did it back then and they are doing it now.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2013-01-04 16:59

      there- I remember in the late 70's, the township schools were very well provided for, in some cases they had better materials/tools than the school I was in. Difference was, I actually went to school, no toyi toyi for us, no protests, no burning down the schools. Just before I left school in 1980, I was told some of the schools in Soweto had been given computers! Unheard of in white schools. The pass rate these days is so ridiculously low, 35%, how the hell is that going to help anyone get a decent paying job? The government is doing no one any favours by dropping the pass mark so low.

      Tim - 2013-01-04 17:19

      The fk? Apartheid has fkall to do with this... Considering most matrics are 18, these Stupid people were born in 1994, therefore you can shove the blame over to the ANC

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2013-01-04 18:24

      there - During Apartheid Blacks had the highest literary standards & the highest life standard of all the blacks in Africa. How was it possible for Tutu to study & become a teacher just like his father was. How did Nelson Mandela & countless other blacks manage to become lawyers during Apartheid SA. During Apartheid the white government built 10 Universities for blacks including Medunsa, a unique medical university, that turned out 200 highly qualified black doctors every year all at state costs, paid for by the white taxpayers. It also trained paramedics & nurses. At the height of Apartheid in 1978 Soweto had 115 football fields, 3 Rugby fields, 4 athletic tracks, 11 Cricket fields, 2 Golf courses, 47 Tennis courts, 7 swimming pools built to Olympic standards, 5 Bowling alleys, 81 Netball fields, 39 play parks, countless civic halls, movie houses & clubhouses, 300 churches, 365 schools, 2 Technical Colleges, 8 clinics, 63 child day care centres, 11 Post Offices, & its own fruit & veg market. Baragwanath Hospital, the biggest hospital in the world was built to serve the community of Soweto, with 3200 beds & at its peak almost 8000 staff had 23 operation theatres fitted out with the most modern medical equipment that existed in the world. Baragwanath in 1978 employed 450 medical doctors in full-time service. It treated 112 000 in-patients & 1.62 million out-patients per year. In 1982 alone, this hospital performed 898 heart operations of world quality.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2013-01-04 18:31

      Far from being the victim of the white state, modern black education was created by it. It is fair to say that black education has been retrogressing ever since regardless of government wishes or policies; - regardless of the government itself, since the New South Africa has done worse. By the late 1970s black education staggered precipitously, and was then floored by a rising tide of political activism & violence. The Soweto riots of 1976, initiated in the schools presaged a full-scale onslaught in the 1980s & 1990s. The schools became a battleground of choice for blacks. The schools were just one component of this strategy, embraced by the ANC and other black political organizations. The campaign of murder, political intimidation & destruction of state property & assets sought to destroy all institutions in black areas related to the state. School buildings, teachers, headmasters, inspectors, textbooks, equipment & learning in general became targets. A long period of decline in examination results set in, from a 70% pass rate in the early 1970s to a 30% pass rate by the mid 1990s. BTW this pass rate represents an absolutely minimal standard, with few students attempting science & maths, & precious few entering university. Moreover, the conditions of anarchy created in urban schools especially have persisted & even worsened after the transition to black rule.

      dylan.claude.752 - 2013-01-04 22:03

      @moses.your comment left me blame the whites because you are too ashamed of admitting to your peoples really like to know how old are you so i can determine under what educational regime you fall under.pre or post apartheid.ill be looking forward to your answer so i can prove your arrogance wrong.

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-05 00:11

      Moses matriculated last year, Dylan. One of his subjects in which he got a distinction was life orientation. He says he's currently at the University of Pretoria. If you read earlier on this page, he offered to pay Alicia to join the ANC. It's past your bedtime, Moses, please go sleepy bo-bos and think of other things to blame whites for, or do you just blame them for everything?

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2013-01-05 13:19

      Moses Masilela - The ANC “inherited from apartheid” a fully developed & functional first world country. The ANC kleptocracy destroyed or sold or stole all they inherited and after 18 years have no industrial policy and can't decide if they are capitalist or communist; and we have lost 5 million jobs since 1994. So how did we in any way "inherit from apartheid" this present mess?

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2013-01-05 13:57

      Moses Malilela - The bulk of the black population growth took place during the apartheid years(1948-1990). In 1900 there were 3m blacks and 1m whites in SA. In 1990 the figure was 40m blacks and 5m whites. The 5m whites in SA were carrying the tax load to develop the 40m blacks who cried “oppression” at every opportunity. Absolutely everything you are today is thanks to the white man who enabled the black man to access all the material benefits of an industrialised western civilisation. The ANC only tells it’s one-sided story of ‘apartheid’. The biggest sin of apartheid was that the money, skills, time, expertise, dedication and education of the 5-million white South Africans was used for the upliftment of the 40-million unthankful blacks who really wanted to remain in the Stone Age. During apartheid roads, hospitals, schools, dams etc were built and most were burnt down by the criminal ANC. Today the ANC does not maintain the SA infrastructure (roads, railways, dams etc.) They plunder the economy and they plunder the wealth that was earned over decades. The ANC continues to flog the apartheid horse (which is beyond dead) as their excuse for what is going on. The ANC’s plan is to score cheap political points from the destitution of the poor masses while lying straight to their faces. They create problems, murder people and then exploit the pain, suffering and deaths of their own people for political gain with their Mugabe-style manipulation of the electorate.

  • megan.riddell.16 - 2013-01-04 11:24

    20 - 39% is not a pass!!!!

      Stephen - 2013-01-04 11:44

      I think you misunderstand. The schools were placed in a category that achieved a pass rate of between 20-39%. So between 20 and 39% of their pupils passed.

      grant.callaway.50 - 2013-01-04 12:09

      20 to 39% of their students passed...with probably 31-33% marks!! (30% is required to pass these days, right?) Ha ha ha!!

      francoisjacques.malan - 2013-01-04 13:06

      Think about this. 1 million grade ones in '94! Less than half make it to matric, of that half, 30% scores less than 30! SA wants to promote a knowledge based economy an earn better wages than China! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2013-01-06 15:24

      That's a fact Stephen - These statistics, as bad as they are, are after the mathematics results of blacks students have been adjusted up by 10% and that of white, Indian and coloured students down. Matric marks adjusted up - In order to get a higher pass rate, the ANC did not increase the standards of education, they lowered it. They scrapped “Higher Grade” and “Standard Grade”, they lowered the pass mark to 30% and they introduced a Mickey Mouse subject called Mathematics Literacy that basically equip matriculants to later bargain with a prostitute or know when a drug dealer is ripping them off. Notice in this article they say “These schools could not achieve a ‘PASS RATE OF 20%’. ‘A 20% to 39% PASS RATE’ was obtained at 485 schools” … so 20% is adjusted to 30% = PASS !

  • jannie.devos.56 - 2013-01-04 11:28

    You get what you vote for and what you pay for.

      john.silver.3572846 - 2013-01-04 11:42

      we are not getting what we paid for. Money is not the issue, there is bucket loads being poured into education.

      KUSTAMK - 2013-01-04 11:50

      I hardly doubt anyone would vote for this. Rather we voted and got this, Total Rubish.

      jannie.devos.56 - 2013-01-04 12:04

      @john.silver.3572846 What I meant was that as long as teachers get paid peanuts you will never attract skilled educators to the profession, especially in Maths and Sciences. @KUSTAMK Of course you get what you vote for! When did the wheels of every single state department start coming off?

      grant.callaway.50 - 2013-01-04 12:10

      You voted and got this...and kept voting the same people, and keep getting the same thing, you idiot!!!

      francoisjacques.malan - 2013-01-04 13:08

      @Kustamk, you obviously voted for DA, but majority of SA wants to remain stupid and Third World.

      moses.m.masilela - 2013-01-04 21:28

      And what does that mean? Are you insinuating that the ANC gov is not doing its job?? you're wrong, Zuma has done more than enough....

      sandra.j.rennie - 2013-01-04 22:32

      Moses Masilela Please don't be too blase about the ANC staying in power forever. It will never happen. The youngsters of today are not that stupid and not that happy with their lot !

      gobo.lance - 2013-01-05 21:30

      "Moses" is absolutely correct. The "DA" is never going to win anything by votes in your lifetime. This is reality. This is an insight into the African mind- it involves voodoo, torture and witchcraft. It does not involve "democracy." And so the options left? Fight or flight. Or keep denying reality until you and your family are the next Rhodesians.

  • bj.pieman - 2013-01-04 11:28

    "The only matric writing exams at Wavelength High School" huh? Not an overcrowded classroom at least...

      infijar.ken - 2013-01-04 11:51

      I think this is one fo the reasons given for closing down a small number of schools in the WC. How the heck does this child stand a chance of attaining even 30% in Matric, being taught in a class that then has to be filed with Grade 11, 10, maybe even Grade 9 pupils?

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2013-01-04 11:53

      He/She must be about 90 doing a re re re re write...

  • bradley.kecskes - 2013-01-04 11:29

    No no baby no reach for the skies no mountain too high no river too wide.

  • raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-04 11:30

    And to think it will be these people that will vote in the next election! Being able to vote while still in grade 10.

      dimitripappas - 2013-01-05 22:06

      Embarrasing actually. And there sits Zuma on his throne with nothing to show for it but corruption and a country going to the rats. Joke.

  • hayley.fredericks.9 - 2013-01-04 11:32

    Can one even call these schools?

      grant.callaway.50 - 2013-01-04 12:15

      No, it's a Center for Kids Who Can't Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too.

  • Kieran Harrop - 2013-01-04 11:34

    well if our government cant pass why should the people who elect them absolute joke honestly

      moses.m.masilela - 2013-01-04 21:30


  • morrisn2 - 2013-01-04 11:40

    So these pupils failed 2 obtain 30%! Pathetic!!

      grant.callaway.50 - 2013-01-04 12:18

      You shouldn't even need a teacher to achieve 30%. You should be able to learn that much from a textbook...on your own...easily! Granted, it might be a bit harder to do if you are sniffing thinners off your tie every day...

      herman.letlalo - 2013-01-04 15:24

      I get so dissapointed how people get all their information from the twisted media and take it like gospel. The two subjects you can pass at 30% are the two additional subjects, but the first five are compulsory and need to be passed at 40%. So no student would pass if had a 30% mark for all their subjects.

      Michaelvk - 2013-01-04 21:27

      Herman, even at 40% it meant that the learner got well over half of it wrong.. 40% isn't a good thing.

      moses.m.masilela - 2013-01-04 21:30

      at least they tried

      celeste.m.lackay - 2013-01-05 03:11

      @Moses - I've been trying to find JUST ONE comment from you that is worth reading, but alas you have (and continue to) expose yourself for the moron you are! At least they tried WTF are you on?!?! 30-40% is NOT a pass and should never be! Someone commented earlier that these same failed matriculants will be entrusted with voting is a really sad reflection of why SA is in the mess it currently is.

  • dave.kofang - 2013-01-04 11:40

    The situation is not goin to change as long as the ministers are not taking their children to public schools.They simply dont care.This is a socio-economic issue that need urgency frm govt.

      wo0two0t - 2013-01-04 11:50

      It will never change under our current govenment.

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2013-01-04 11:40

    Shut these 485 schools down and move the learners who you are doing a disservice to somewhere else. Unbelievable.

      moses.m.masilela - 2013-01-04 21:31

      No, working together, we can do more.

      celeste.m.lackay - 2013-01-05 03:18

      I agree Maylani! @Moses - baby try reading a comic strip or something, although suspect that even that may be a bit high-brow for you. Leave the political rhetoric and commenting to people that may actually comprehend the situation and can articulate their opinions better than your mxm earlier! Nighty nighty now. . .

  • mariahdupreez - 2013-01-04 11:41

    When a school fails to deliver 1 passing matric pupil ie all 56 pupils have failed ,isn't it time to take a look at the teachers and the school

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-01-05 22:06

      But why has nobody noticed this poor level of teaching earlier in the year? Do they no longer have tests, mid-year exams, prelims etc?

  • willem.myburghdebeer - 2013-01-04 11:44

    Cheers to the future!! This is unacceptable MISS "Basic Education Minister" aka Angie Motsheka!!

  • shirley.redman.5 - 2013-01-04 11:45

    Where is "Angie" getting her figures from?????? Everything is such a lie. The government continually tries to pull the wool over everyone's eyes about everything. Wake up SA!!!!!!!

      abner.malema - 2013-01-04 12:03

      @shirley go back to grade1 and do arithmetic it seems u don't understand simple maths. If they are 400 000 learners and 56 learners fail from one school, 7 frm another, 1 frm another will it change the overall pass percentage

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-04 12:55

      now now Abner, there is no reason to get upset and emotional, its just an opinion that the results are incorrect. The probability of this is because someone was not doing their job and may be dismissed. I don't think that it is fair that the SA youth have to endure the lack of resources that the Education Department have given in certain areas, this is because there are not enough professionals, this is because the Government don't pay accordingly, imagine the basic education in this country in the next 5 years, bleek isn't it?

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-04 12:55

      Oh yes, Zuma, nice house!

      moses.m.masilela - 2013-01-04 21:33

      I'm awake. I don't see a reason for your wake up call.

  • yndmdluli - 2013-01-04 11:48

    I'm sure there were many more schools like this under the abysmal apartheid education system.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-04 11:58

      Yndmdluli. If there were more under the 'abysmal Apartheid system, why are we still having abysmal results today?.

      henk63 - 2013-01-04 12:08

      No ymdliwhatever, the apartheid schooling system provided schooling that was at a much higher standard that today. Where certain race groups were unable to make the higher grade, the standard was dropped so that they could still receive functional literacy. You know what, I was going to write a long explanation about then and now, but I just realized it will be a waste of time. You are such an idiot, you just had to drag apartheid into this, hey? It was always worse under the white man, hey? Everything is just honky-dory now, hey? F&@ing moron.

      grant.callaway.50 - 2013-01-04 12:25

      Apartheid was wrong, and DELIBERATELY opposed to black progression. What does it say about your government 20 years later, when their current "best efforts" yield results just as bad (if not worse) than a previous governments deliberate negativity? Wake up, moron!

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-04 12:58

      @yndmdluli, hehe yes that was also 20 years ago, I don't think that it would matter to a 40 year old nowa days either. Big question - can they fix it?

      di.hingley - 2013-01-04 16:23

      I agree with janine.filmer....Instead of changing the whole education system, bantu education should have been done away with and have all children do the world class standard of education we use to have, we all know now that each and every child, regardless of race, are equal if given the right education, we will always have children that excel and children that do not reach their full potential irrespective of race.

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2013-01-04 20:52

      Probably, but they should have had the drive to better themselves and not have waited for the ANC Exiles to decide their future.

      lee.brand.73 - 2013-01-04 21:06

      No. It was a faulty system but created some great men - many early leaders in the ANC. It could also be argued that the current anc leaders came through bantu education and this explains why we are in such a mess?

  • gareth.breydenbach - 2013-01-04 11:53

    A pass mark of 20%,really,wow,i am shocked.

      morrisn2 - 2013-01-04 11:58

      Not a pass mark a pass rate bra!

      manngo.thakhani - 2013-01-04 11:58

      that's the pass rate. The pass mark is 30%

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-04 11:54

    Angie won't appear on television to explain this dreadful letting down of the students. Blade won't be saying anything either.

      leon.olivier.5 - 2013-01-04 11:58

      Not a single one, but we must celebrate it!!!! Angie

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2013-01-04 11:54

    Angie!!!!!!! You liiiiieeeeeeee!!!!!!! Does this woman even HAVE matric?!!!!

  • manngo.thakhani - 2013-01-04 11:55

    The pass mark is only 30% - which i believe should be about 45% - and yet some schools didn't even have a single learner who passed? There's a serious problem here.

      grant.callaway.50 - 2013-01-04 12:27

      ...and that's probably based on woodwork, functional maths and typing as subjects!

      tersia.louw.12 - 2013-01-05 00:20

      In matric, Moses (posted earlier on this page) got a distinction in Life Orientation. What on earth is that? At least woodwork serves a tangible purpose...

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-01-05 22:29

      Life Orientation had a 99.6% pass rate - methinks it is not a very tough subject (whatever it is)

  • simon.goodman.752 - 2013-01-04 11:56

    Shocking, (but sadly not totally unexpected)!

  • KUSTAMK - 2013-01-04 11:57

    26% Qualified for University, we have very little to celabrate....The rest will be packed at Fly by Night colleges. As for these Angie will deal with them again this year. Should we be happy then???

      Mary Milne Archibald - 2013-01-04 12:33

      Unfortunately having a University degree does not guarantee employment. Greater chance of employment if trained as an artisan.

      francoisjacques.malan - 2013-01-04 13:19

      @march the unemployment rate for ppl with degree is less than 5%. Less than 5% of ppl in SA have a degree. ANC wants to keep it that way.

  • joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-04 11:58

    // A 20% to 39% pass rate was obtained at 485 schools, while 1 224 schools had a pass rate of between 40 to 59%. // HOW IS THIS ACCEPTABLE?!

      indianajohn - 2013-01-05 15:52

      Especially bearing in mind that this pass rate is based on a so-called "pass" of 30%. If you know only know 30% of something, it means YOU CAN'T DO IT. So how can it be considered a "pass"?! The sheer stupidity involved here would be hilarious if it wasn't so awfully sad.

  • mcsquire - 2013-01-04 12:06

    my personal favorite here is the private school that could not produce, damn i feel sorry for that principle, the parents must be at his door with pitchforks after all the money they spent damn

  • dee.iroko - 2013-01-04 12:08

    The many factor that affects the kids is that many of them do not have parental support,i mean a kid who is raised by single parent affects the output of that child,some of them their parents are irresponsible,they don't care about the well being of their kids. For the record the use of drugs,drinking and sexual activities in South African High schools is massive and it affects,i talk because i am in the system and it needs help

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-04 12:26

      well the more kids fail and the eventually there will only be an upper class and a lower class in this country.

      grant.callaway.50 - 2013-01-04 12:28

      Agreed - but anybody who is in a hole should try to climb out of it...

      celeste.m.lackay - 2013-01-05 03:38

      @Dee - you are right of course, but then there are the many exceptions. My husband is a teacher and realised midway through the year that one of his matric learners was walking the /-5km's to school and living alone in a shack nearby. This young man started travelling with my husband, giving himself extra time to clean his shack, wash and iron his clothing, cook and study. No parental guidance needed. He passed with a Bachelors entrance and one distinction.

  • isaac.makua - 2013-01-04 12:11

    Sunshine Christian Private School in the North West the entire class of 27 matrics failed. Just imagine how much parents paid for thier kids at this prvt school what a waste of money

  • Eterni80 - 2013-01-04 12:11

    with a government that is so focused on hiding the truth and not on actual governance issues this is to be expected.

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-04 12:27

      like delivering books.

  • Kombisa - 2013-01-04 12:12

    This calls for patriotic South Africans to stand up and join hands before it is way to late. Each and every locality or region has a candle light in the vicinity to shine for all to see. Teachers in Mthatha, Libode, Ngqeleni and surrounding areas I call upon you to avail your skills as volunteers to salvage the sunken/submerged ship at Mangala Senior Secondary School. Charity begins at home, so my clarion call goes to skilled capable residents of other affected vicinity.

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-04 12:31

      Good luck, I sincerely hope it works. Everybody needs to start changing their attitude by studying harder and doing better for a better life, can't rely on the government. PC's and internet are getting cheaper - it is a good source of information. But people's perspectives needs to change, stop voting for the ANC because I'm sure everyone's children don't need to struggle like this, they would rather pick themselves up.

  • Tshephangsithole - 2013-01-04 12:12

    How will they pass if their parents focus on buying them Smartphones and expensive cloths to fool around the streets, less focus in class nd more on their facebooks and watsapp. Children of today are totally useless. No hope at all.

      willem.myburghdebeer - 2013-01-04 12:39

      Discipline Tsephangsithole, that's what you call it..Discipline!!

      indianajohn - 2013-01-05 15:54

      Hehe Tshephangsithole you're right! I never had a cellphone in school. I had to beg for years and years to get a computer in the house. Today I see school kids walking around with phones that are far more expensive than my own one! More than anything, where does the money for this come from?

  • mcsquire - 2013-01-04 12:13

    this is a state of emergency !!!!!!!! disgusting i cannot believe that we live in a country that salutes such shocking results, we live in a society where we condone failure sis !!!!! bring back corporal punishment!!!!! bring back conscription if you have too disipline these damn kids and instill a work ethic, to all the teachers out there that are truly commited thank you we as a nation appreciate you, we feel your pain, to the rest that dont give two blue holes you know where to go (heartbroken)

  • isaac.makua - 2013-01-04 12:13

    Sunshine Christian Private School in the North West the entire class of 27 matrics failed. Just imagine monthly school fee and transport what a waste of money. These kids were serious at all, lotirng in shopping malls,drinking and having sex is what they do best. Parents were fooled by couconut english accent sic

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-04 12:33

      That is so wrong, it sounds as if the whole school is a fraud, the department of education needs to root out the corruption.

      riette.nothling - 2013-01-04 17:03

      And never thru the year did it occur to anyone that they are heading for a disaster come the exams? Surely they did not do so poorly thru the year? If they did then the teachers/principle/parents or students should have said something? Surely marks must be sent to the dept of education? Did no-one EVER notice anything? Rot goes deeper in that school then just teachers.

  • hein.huyser - 2013-01-04 12:13

    If they had school inspectors at these schools the problems could hzve been identified and rectified long ago. Why don't the unions want the inspectors back?

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-04 12:36

      I think its because some people are being dishonest and are using funds to their benefit at the scholars cost, the scholars loose, and things start breaking down. The ANC government has advertised that being corrupt is acceptable, and that their are no consequences for doing crime.

  • thapelo.gaebetse.9 - 2013-01-04 12:16

    Such an ambarassment.Its a prblm of eliviating a learner 2 nxt class while he/she wasn't so incapable even effective on a learning process of dat class dat he/she had jst vacated.In ada hand i also blame educators.It seems kind of education dat dey hv delivered 2 dose ordinary learners isn't so suitable 4 dem.Educators refrain 4rm using fake documents jst 2 get qualify 4 teaching opportunity.U bury learners alive by so doing

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-04 12:38

      yes you are right, but also if a grade pupil is failing, they should assess why right there and then, not miss out on 3 years and try fix the issue in Matric.

  • mthobs - 2013-01-04 12:17

    Here communities failed

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2013-01-04 12:18

    No problem, we need more garden boys and tea girls. Bet there were a lot of pregnancies too.

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-04 15:11

      the problem is that not everyone can afford someone to work, which in turn the unemployed turn to crime in order to feed themselves, the violence will be determined on the poverty and unemployment factor, we already have this in this country, now it will just get worse. So those that keep voting ANC, please be aware of the negative factor it has, you can read what has happened here, vote for anyone else instead, the ANC will change the constitution and for those that are not in a financial position will feel it the worst - which is the majority. Those majority will turn Ferrel like the previous xenophobia attacks in the past but will be everywhere, they will kill in order to live. Not everyone is racist, but every South African loves this country - lets save it.

  • syabonga.gumede.90 - 2013-01-04 12:20

    this is a disgrace not even a single soul decided to pass,i wonder what the educators feel about this,are they good enough to educates?

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2013-01-04 12:21

    At least we have Waterkloof High, Garsfontein High, amongst others. 100% pass rate! Great stuff. Hard-working pupils who will hopefully in future prevent this country from becoming another Zimbabwe.

  • bbooyse - 2013-01-04 12:32

    ..With only 30% necessary (and the departmental adjustments) to pass - just how do you fail? I knew guys in matric who were drunk and high on drugs who passed.. I mean really?!?

  • kopraal.mohloli - 2013-01-04 12:33

    Lol. Ai ke hlotswe

  • magdeline.malefane - 2013-01-04 12:40

    Who to be blamed here?

      philip.vde - 2013-01-04 12:43

      there was nothing wrong with education !! The ANC wanted to change it and use a system that failed in a 1st world country ... go figure

      Kombisa - 2013-01-04 13:48

      I am afraid blame game is not going to advance any course, this is a disgusting catastrophe that needs serious attention. The common denominator is a weak foundation made callous by many factors, such as lack of determination, zeal and fortitude on the part of both the leaner and the educator. This has nothing to do with the not so impressing politics of the day. Most importantly we need to salvage the future of our children, thereby cementing that of the beloved country.

  • philip.vde - 2013-01-04 12:41

    That woman is still in her position .... how ???

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-01-05 22:17

      By doctoring the results so that stats appear to be improving every year

  • wade.terblanche - 2013-01-04 12:42

    Well the anc should start recruiting these guys. This is how you become a member.

  • reine.marais - 2013-01-04 12:46

    There was a time that schooling in South Africa had world acclaim. People would fly their children in from all over the world to benefit from the quality of education which was cheap at the price. My, what wonders the ANC has wrought.

      Twolips - 2013-01-04 14:32

      Not quite, reine. When I came to live in SA the standard of education was low compared to Europe and I skipped a grade once I mastered English.

  • kgabo.patrick.7 - 2013-01-04 12:47

    Lack displine,social network's!plz don't blame our teachers coz their hands are tight's by our govmt

      lee.brand.73 - 2013-01-04 20:55

      You must me a teacher - no?

  • fern.yates - 2013-01-04 12:51

    This is crazy - wish I could lead an investigation into why the schooling is so poor. Taking into account children not being fed before they go to school - due to social/economic reasons - so they can concentrate, to no books being available during the school term, to teachers having to attend maths lessons to be able to teach maths to their pupils, to the lowering of the standards which only hurts the next generation of people who need to find employment, to the parents who kept their children away from school in protest that their basic service delivery hadn't materialised. The list is endless. But is all adds up to give us the end result we are staring at right now. So sad. So very sad.

  • fern.yates - 2013-01-04 12:53

    This is crazy - wish I could lead an investigation into why the schooling is so poor. Taking into account children not being fed before they go to school so they can concentrate, to no books being available during the school term, to teachers having to attend maths lessons to be able to teach maths to their pupils, to the lowering of the standards which only hurts the next generation of people who need to find employment, to the parents who kept their children away from school in protest that their basic service delivery hadn't materialised. The list is endless.

  • ruben.maistry - 2013-01-04 13:04

    And the minister and blade blow their trumpets.... - 2013-01-04 13:15

      What's not to blow their trumpets about?? They will be voted in by these kids - they will be told where to put their X and they will do exactly as they are told! A lousy education and a promise of a grant will ensure your stay in power. But is the bucket of tax-payers running dry?

  • thabostanley.ditshilwane - 2013-01-04 13:13

    Ke bogafi tse ka moka

  • kobus.oelofse.3 - 2013-01-04 13:14

    its ok kids , be like your president ! you only need std6 ! remember to take woodwork if you want the ancyl job route . Surely there must be something going on ? 7 schools cant all have stupid children ? its the responsibility of the teacher to teach , and the parents to make sure the kids are there to learn and the PRINCIPAL AND DOE TO MAKE SURE THEY ALL GET BOOKS ON TIME !!! FAIL STUPID COUNTRY . hate you !

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2013-01-04 13:19

    Then who's to blame when they are busy with social networks? Yes some teachers as lazy but then these school kids are spoiled with these cellphones and that's what they know

      uvmadman - 2013-01-04 13:30

      Im slightly worried that people are blaming social networks. In he first time in human history we have the possibility to communicate at levels far beyond what was ever possible. What the (and i mean no offence) the older generation keeps blaming , could in fact be a solution. The cellphone is the cheapest way for an individual to reach the net and social networks happen to be the preferred communication method of the youth . so why not intergrate it in to the education system. like imagine a facebook study buddy page where learners can ask questions and get help from people around the world , academics could use this to communicate. i fear that by blaming technology and social media we might be sacrificing an opportunity to revolutionize not only sa's education system but the worlds. LETS STOP BLAMING AND START SOLVING!!!

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2013-01-04 14:33

      @ndyebore etc.. I live in the UK. My kids have smart phones and belong to social networks. However my kids also get A's and B's in their exams!!! Maybe the dedication of the teachers is lacking in SA or maybe it's because Zuma thinks upgrading his "palace" is more important than getting books to school kids. But my kids know that if they want a good life one day they gotta learn hard and get good marks!!