Pass rate a sobering reminder of those lost along the way - AfriForum

2016-01-05 20:07
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Johannesburg - AfriForum congratulated all matriculants of 2015 who passed, with a sobering reminder of the pupils who dropped out of the schooling system along the way.

- Matric results will be available here on Wednesday.

They also commended the dedicated teachers who made the successes possible.

Deputy CEO of AfriForum, Alana Bailey, said they had noted the official pass rate of 70.7% in 2015, compared to 75.8% in 2014.

"It concerns AfriForum that if one were to compare the number of learners who enrolled for Grade 1 in 2004 to the number who passed matric in 2015, the actual pass rate amounts to less than 36%," she said in a statement.

"A report of the education department indicates that in 2004, a total of 1 278 120 learners had enrolled for Grade 1 in public schools. According to the figures announced by the Minister of Basic Education [Angie Motshekga] tonight [Tuesday], only 455 825 public school learners successfully completed the matric exams.

"The minister’s assurances that the drop-out rate of learners is being addressed significantly, therefore, do not convince."

Bailey emphasised that the department should urgently address the reasons for this unacceptably high drop-out rate.

This included the lack of mother-language education, inefficient curriculum options, textbook delivery problems, the paralysing actions by some education unions, as well as examination fraud.

"The department should desist from politicking once and for all, and prove that it is serious about the future of the youth of South Africa. This can only happen if the above problems were to be addressed forcefully, instead of entering into legal battles against organisations and schools that are trying to promote measures that guarantee quality education," Bailey said.

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