Rural provinces pull pass rate down

2016-01-05 19:39
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Pretoria - South Africa's three biggest rural provinces, which have over half the country's pupils, were largely responsible for the drop in the 2015 matric pass rate, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Tuesday.

- Matric results will be available here on Wednesday.

"That's where things went wrong. The number of learners that failed in these three provinces gave us a drop of 9%," she said in Midrand.

She was referring to Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, and the worst performer, the Eastern Cape.

The 2015 national pass rate fell to 70.7%, compared to 75.8% in 2014.

Another factor that contributed to the fall in the rate were the 65 100 "progressed learners" who were pushed through to Grade 12 after failing Grade 11 twice. Of that number, 22 000 passed.

The policy was implemented in 2013. The reasoning behind it was that those Grade 11s who failed twice would drop out of the system anyway, so it was decided ,"let's give them a chance", Motshekga said.

"MECs had lots of pressure from schools about this decision."

Without the the "progressed learners", the national pass rate would have been 74%.

Motshekga said attention needed to be given to the three worst provinces.

Despite the drop, she was happy that they had been able to keep the national pass rate above 70%.

The total number of distinctions increased from 59 891 to 63 348. More girls than boys got Bachelors' passes.

"We have a special plea to learners who did not succeed to say this is not the end of the world. There is a second chance matric programme available. We are encouraging all learners to come for the second chance programme," she said.

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