High pass rate for matric repeaters

2016-01-06 06:55


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Johannesburg - The majority of matriculants who failed in previous years and chose to go back to school on a full-time basis in 2015 passed their exams, the department of education has revealed.

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Statistics released by the department showed that 72.9% of all matric repeaters passed their exams last year.

The Free State province had just one failed pupil register to go back to school full time. That sole pupil passed.

In Gauteng, six pupils enrolled to head back to school but only three wrote their final exams. All three passed.

With 8 623 pupils, Limpopo recorded the highest number of previously failed learners who chose to go back to school. Of those 8 434 wrote their exams and 6 307 passed which accounted for 74.8%.

The Eastern Cape had the second highest enrolments at 6 302. A total of 6 049 sat for exams and 4 038 (66.8%)  passed.

Mpumalanga had 2 629 pupils re-registered for matric.  Of that 2 513 sat for their final exams while 2 109 passed.

In KwaZulu-Natal, 428 pupils enrolled but only 372 wrote their exams and 216 passed.

The Western Cape had three pupils enroll for a repeat but only two of them wrote their finals. Only one of them passed their exams.

The Northern Cape was the only province that did not have a repeat candidate.

Second chance

The department of education has encouraged 2015 matriculants who did not pass their exams to register for the Second Chance Matric Programme this year.

"The categories of learners who will be covered are those learners who qualify to write supplementary examinations for a maximum of two subjects, progressed learners who pursue multiple opportunities to complete the NSC, and learners who failed to meet the requirements of the NSC in 2015," the department said.

Meanwhile, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced on Tuesday that the national pass rate had gone down from 75.8% in 2014 to 70.7 % in 2015. 

Motshekga attributed the drop to a higher standard of examinations as well as the admission of learners who had been promoted to Grade 12 after they did not necessarily pass their Grade 11 exams.

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