KZN moves to allay under-achievement fears

2016-01-06 08:36
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Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal education department has moved to explain a plunge in matric performance, insisting that “impurities” in the system will take years to sift out.

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Department head Nkosinathi Sishi was leading a technical briefing at Durban’s International Convention Centre on Wednesday.

The briefing followed the announcement of a 9% drop in the provincial pass rate to 60.7% this year.

“We want to present a balanced view; we are not here to spin. It is important for us to look at every inch of what constitutes education in our province. The results are not good and we are not happy.

“We as a leadership take responsibility for this. What is next? We need to see continuous improvement that provides our young people with life chances that are meaningful,” Sishi said.

‘Matric is a marathon’

Sishi laboured on contextualising the poor matric form.

“We have failed in the past to indicate what it means that the province has the largest base of learners,” he said.

“This year, when the results declined by 9%, we still have the largest number of passes in the country.

“Matric is a marathon; it takes 13 years to run. If you are going to pass, you do so with a solid foundation moving across the phases. Whatever impurities are in the system, they cannot be resolved over a year with a bounce back programme. The plan last year [a resolution to arrest the decline in the pass rate] was a five year programme and we are committed to turning around the results.”


He was at pains to emphasise that the results were “disappointing”, but that KwaZulu-Natal still produced the most matric passes out of all the provinces and has increased the number of passes from last year.

Of the 162 658 pupils that wrote, 98 761 achieved. Nearly 63 000 failed their matric exams.

A total of 34 751 pupils passed with entry to bachelor studies at higher education institutions.

“In the economy of South Africa, it means we have the best contribution and make the largest contribution to the skills base,” he said.

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