Survey: 2/3 of Grade 10s don't pass matric

2012-01-19 13:32

Johannesburg - Two out of every three pupils in Grade 10 do not go on to pass matric, a survey has found.

"Most pupils who drop out before completing high school do so as a result of a lack of funds," SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) researcher Jonathan Snyman said on Thursday.

"Other common reasons that pupils leave school are to look for work or because of family commitments. There is also a common view that being at school is not relevant to their lives," he said.

The SAIRR survey found that fewer than half of those who enrolled in Grade 10 in 2008 sat for the 2010 matric exams.

Only 34% of all 2008 pupils went on to pass matric in 2010, and only a third of those passes were good enough to gain admission to university to study for a bachelor’s degree.

Those who did not complete high school along with those whose highest qualification was matric, accounted for 81% of all unemployed in the country, the survey found.

Only 6% of the unemployed were people who had completed a tertiary education.

The survey was based on data released by the department of basic education and will be officially released next week.

“The biggest problem is that pupils who drop out of school often never return to finish their education,” Jonathan Snyman, one of the SAIRR’s researchers said.

“As many as a third of all 15–24 year-olds are not in employment, education, or training.”

  • bernpm - 2012-01-19 13:48

    Please report in absolute numbers with percentages for clarity. Percentages only make little impact.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-19 14:24

      This make a complete mockery of the matric pass rate!

      Kala - 2012-01-19 16:58

      @Squeegee - The 30% required to pass also makes a mockery of the matric pass rate. It's all a fat joke that is going to become really serious when one day only 2% of the country is employable because school was thought to be a waste of time.

      johan.vanhoff - 2012-10-16 16:11


  • PyroSA - 2012-01-19 13:56

    Unemployed: 81%: Has at most a Matric pass 6%: Has a tertiary qualification What does the other 13% have?

      hosia.modiga - 2012-01-19 14:24

      no matric and no tertiary qualification!!!

      MarkH - 2012-01-19 14:46

      They're in parliament, cadres need neither.

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-01-19 13:56

    Future cheap labour ?

      ryno.rousseau - 2012-01-19 14:04

      You'd think so, but thanks to BEE they'll likely be your boss ;)

      Sam - 2012-01-19 14:15

      like BEE also helped Bill gates to hire his genius friend, I like... I like

  • sorryson3 - 2012-01-19 13:57

    Schooling interrupted their education ??? Lies, damn lies these statistics. Take the statistical results & work them into further meaningful statistics from which conclusions can be drawn to provide results which can be utilised by the appropriate Education Minister to justify these astounding facts. Start by splitting the stats into advantaged ( Private Schools ), historical and emerging ( former model C ) and previously/currently disadvantaged ( "township & rural" schools ). Nero fiddles whilst Rome burns !!!!!

      MoAfrika - 2012-01-19 14:06

      Agreed...there must be visibility of where the problem is.

      Twolips - 2012-01-19 14:08

      I agree with that. We cannot tar all schools with the same brush.

  • Larry - 2012-01-19 14:02

    Says a lot for our Education system and the people who run it.

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-19 14:03

    "Most pupils who drop out before completing high school do so as a result of a lack of funds". But we can allow R25 000 000 000 in wasteful spending and spending R400 000 000 on a bloody party???????? Well Done ANC!!

      sorryson3 - 2012-01-19 18:28

      What about the R2,4 billion " loan " to Swaziland ???

      Falcovrod - 2012-01-25 12:34

      Gerhard, this is amazing. I am sure the white, coloureds, indians, etc will be blamed for this. ANC KEEP ON PARTYING, you are doing a great job for our kids future!!!

  • Tshiamo - 2012-01-19 14:06

    Solution: Reduce the passing mark to 20 percent.

      MastersVoice - 2012-01-19 14:28

      No - remember - they don't have enough funds. I think those who cannot afford their education, should all be given a Matric with exemption if they are previously disadvantaged. They should also be automatically registered at Wits for a BComm degree in year one, then a BA degree year two, and finally be given a BEng degree with a well-paid position in some BEE business.

  • Andre - 2012-01-19 14:07

    So, even if enough jobs are created yearly, we will not have the skills to fill them? Be honest, teachers are paid the pits for what is expected of them and most of them are NOT qualified to be in front of a class. Single medium schools are high-jacked by other language groups and forced to accommodate other language groups which affects the schools culture, success rates etc. Studies has shown clearly that learners must be taught in their MOTHR_TONGUES to be successfull. It boggles the mind that those that don't have a cookenclue is running the show. Most of these decision-maker themselves don't have the basic education to do their job and it is showing, affecting innocent learners.

  • MoAfrika - 2012-01-19 14:07

    and all this people depend on taxes...damn its a hard life in SA, both for people working and those not working

  • David - 2012-01-19 14:11

    Where is the free education promised for all? I know of certain schools that also have a feeding scheme available for those in need. A child should not be allowed to leave school before matric unless the welfare dept. has been involved and agrees.

  • Sam - 2012-01-19 14:17

    Strange and we still cannot accommodate that little at out varsities. Imagine if they all go all the way, Mzansi is a joke.... yeses!!!

  • MastersVoice - 2012-01-19 14:22

    I'd like to know what the average pass mark was for the matrics that got exemption. How many got more than 50% per subject? How many go on to graduate by passing their respective courses on time and with a pass mark above 50%? Our education system is failing. South Africa is churning out more and more unemployable matriculants and graduates, who will be employed to positions they cannot uphold if they have the right skin colour. Productivity continues to go downhill, and suitably qualified people continue to leave the country. Surely even the most imbecilic politician can see this is a dead-end street?

      ryno.rousseau - 2012-01-19 14:28

      When they arrive at the dead end, they can always just blame apartheid.

  • Vince.York - 2012-01-19 14:26

    It's similar to why Haitians are still years later stuck in squalid sewers but Japanese have rebuilt a nation before then end of a single year after natural disasters strike!

  • markus.botha - 2012-01-19 16:10

    I believe it is the parents fault. If the parents believe that flipping patties is a decent job title why should the kids believe any different.

  • laura.shortridge - 2012-02-07 16:01

    Since 2009 it has been impossible for a private candidate to register for a South African matric. Thus those who have dropped out of school have absolutely NO chance whatsoever of getting their matric at a later stage - thanks to the education department's ruling. Before 2009 it was possible for a person who had dropped out of school to get hold of the material, study on their own or through a college and register to write the South African matric (the National Matric). This is no longer possible, and no arrangements have been made by the educational authorities to rectify the situation. They simply say that a pupil must be in a school from Grade 10 - 12 in order to write the South African matric. Can something be done about this?

  • symbolofmylife - 2012-02-13 13:18

    Thank God I did mine in 1998....

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