Education approach bearing fruit - ANC

2012-01-05 14:23

Cape Town - The improved matric pass rate for 2011 shows the government's approach to education is bearing the desired fruit, the ANC said on Thursday.

Spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the increase of the pass rate from 60.6% in 2009 to 70.2% in 2011 spoke for itself.

"This is also a testimony that President Jacob Zuma's meeting with about 1 500 school principals soon after he took the presidency in 2009, to understand the challenges they face in work, was not in vain."

Mthembu said the visible improvements had vindicated the African National Congress-led government's decision to split basic and tertiary education into separate departments.


The SA Democratic Students' Movement on Thursday congratulated the government on the increase in the pass rate.

"The recently released results leave us with high optimism with regard to the future of South Africa and government effectively addressing issues affecting basic education," spokesperson Thabiso Dlamini said.

"We are however concerned by the results in the Eastern Cape where various factors let down learners in the build-up to their final examinations."

The Eastern Cape was the worst-performing province with a 58.1% pass rate, slightly down on the 58.3% achieved in the previous year.

The national government announced an intervention in the province in March last year after a myriad of problems surfaced. These included the termination of temporary teachers' contracts, suspension of scholar transport, non-delivery of textbooks and stationery, poor implementation of the school nutrition programme, and overall poor management of systems.

This was in addition to a strategic leadership vacuum, problems with the provincial department's structure and culture, poor financial management and a lack of monitoring and evaluation.

Task team

After visiting the Eastern Cape in June to assess the state of education, Zuma appointed a team in July to help strengthen education in the province.

In August, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that an impasse had been reached after provincial leaders resisted intervention plans.

Dlamini criticised Motshekga's role, saying she "dragged her feet in the debacle.

"Having Zuma inform us about the problems faced by the province's education department and their plans to address them was merely window dressing which yielded no tangible results."

  • Guy - 2012-01-05 14:28

    Tampering with results bearing fruit......banana's

      Kacee - 2012-01-05 14:53

      All I can do is LOL... its like taking a ford cortina and putting a moerse wing on it... (The owner thinks it looks nice) but in actual fact it did not benefit the car what so ever.

      Shadoz66 - 2012-01-05 15:18

      There will be results if you drop the pass rate 2. The level of education is disgusting

      Johnny - 2012-01-05 15:31

      Yes, like shortening the 100m sprint to only 70m and still calling it 100m. Suddenly below average athletes and 90 year old invalids can run a sub 9 second"100"m. Only the stupid will believe the stupid.

      Koekies - 2012-01-05 15:38

      They even did it when we were in school guy, what is the problem now?

      Beetroot - 2012-01-05 15:56

      yayyyyyyyy!!! 17 years later their is a slight improvement! Thats like saying our mielies we planted 17 years ago are now starting to grow. What a joke!

      Koekies - 2012-01-05 16:00

      BTW, Guy and the rest of this holier than though here are imposters, no real account. How is that for hypocrisy hey Willie? You may have your banana now...

      mundu.olewega - 2012-01-05 17:28

      And they can keep a straight face when they say this !

      Squeegee - 2012-01-05 18:37

      What is really sad is that there are pupils who did really well after working really hard after being taught by really solid teachers. Unfortunately they will forever be part of the class of '11. Their qualifications will eventually be worth almost nothing.

  • Rebel_without_a_cause - 2012-01-05 14:31

    Drop the standards to an all time low. Claim success when the pass rate improves. Education in South Africa sucks, period......

      martin.vandermerwe - 2012-01-05 14:46

      You start the education of a chimp by feeding it a banana, hopefully in the next 100 year it will be back to the standard of the 80's.......NOT

      Matthew - 2012-01-05 15:55

      Quite tragic because the education I got in 1980's South Africa carried me through American university and beyond. I always considered it to be one of the finest educations I could have been given, but I guess that was then. What the hell happened?

      Cameronl - 2012-01-05 16:12

      Matthew The ANC is what happened!, no-one with a brain and a pair of eyes can argue that sad fact with me. luckily I was in the generation that finished my education before the ANC could totally and utterley kok up the education system (afterall they are the ones corrupting/governing this country), The current system is not even a shadow of what it used to be

  • Azande - 2012-01-05 14:33

    Not sure hey...

  • Shirley - 2012-01-05 14:35

    Vrot fruit,filled with "worms"

  • Gavin - 2012-01-05 14:38

    SA is fast becoming a banana republic so fruit is the right metaphor to explain this 'situation'

  • martin.vandermerwe - 2012-01-05 14:43

    Ye right, with the pass rate set at 30% for higher grade, 35% and your achieved a distinction, no matter the pass rate, relook at the quality of the education, why was the quality lowered when the ANC took over?????

  • ilsewepener - 2012-01-05 14:45

    This is SO funny! I've been having chuckles the whole day whenever someone says that they are wonderful again. Funny that the government thinks their approach to education is working - it is SO not possible to get a 10% increase in pass rate within 2 years. And then these kids get to varsity and half of them wants to commit suicide because they didn't know academic life is so hard! Truly laughable! 420 pupils in Gauteng alone got 6 distinctions!! Have you ever???

      martin.vandermerwe - 2012-01-05 14:49

      In the 70's and 80 we were lucky to have 6 across SA, but then education meant something.

      ilsewepener - 2012-01-05 14:54

      That is true Martin, it is just not pretigeous anymore, because every second or third person has 6 or more. And don't get me started on the Life orientation subject!

  • martin.vandermerwe - 2012-01-05 14:48

    Go figure, look at the Zuma's level of education....Std 4?

      Shadoz66 - 2012-01-05 15:20

      and it shows in the choices he makes in life.

  • Paulo - 2012-01-05 14:50

    ja i guess if like rotten apples then it's a hell of a success-even guys from Malawi can read, write and count better the us. so friking great sucess

  • mmatau - 2012-01-05 14:50

    this is hilarious- does the govt really believe that they have worked hard to improve on education? all they have done is lowered the pass mark required which is the same as cheating the system and have in the process bred a large number of students who will not have the desire to push themselves to produce anything of quality in their lifetime. this is just sad!!!

      Ryan - 2012-01-05 15:49

      Agreed. But not surprising given level of cheating and stealing in the Govt.

  • Lloyd - 2012-01-05 14:51

    spare me!

  • Jim - 2012-01-05 14:57

    This Govt is a total joke. I employ more than a 100 people in SA. I would say most of the staff learn more at my Company education wise, than they ever learnt at school.

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-05 15:01

    Of all thos who "passed", 65% of them still do not know 70% of what they were taught last year !!!

      Mr C - 2012-01-05 15:36

      hahahah good point :-)!

  • phumlanii - 2012-01-05 15:02

    I think that no matter how small the improvement is, it should be celebrate since it indicates a positive boost.

      ilsewepener - 2012-01-05 15:06

      Go and read all the articles again and hear what the minister and president are saying, look at all the distinctions and the massive leaps in pass rate - then come back and comment again. (Hint - it isn't "a small improvement"; it is MASSIVE percentage wise and we all know why)

      mmatau - 2012-01-05 15:06

      @phumulani what boost? a boost to stupidity!!

      Mandla - 2012-01-05 15:08

      Then you are not familiar with the term "Phyrric victory". Thats what you and the lot are cheering for. Its disgusting

      spartanx93 - 2012-01-05 15:21

      @phumulani - you must be part of the 30% pass rate crew....

      Mr C - 2012-01-05 15:47

      @phumlani - lowering the pass mark to increase the pass rate isnt a success in anyones books... sorry, but that's just being ignorant.

  • mastersvoice - 2012-01-05 15:03

    I suppose if it is the ANC's intent to create a nation of imbeciles, then its fair to say the education approach is bearing fruit.

  • Marc - 2012-01-05 15:10

    A teacher living at my folks' block of flats marked the current matric scripts. "And, were you expected to bump up the marks?" dad asked her. "Yes," she said, nodding her head.

  • Riëtte - 2012-01-05 15:10

    The quality of education has decreased, that is how the pass rate increased...

  • Olive - 2012-01-05 15:15

    oh sure - the pass rate is 35% ??????? Crazy and are they marked correctly.

  • Craig - 2012-01-05 15:16

    Oh please, tell someone who believes you !

  • elize.botha1 - 2012-01-05 15:18

    The worst is the lot of bulls**t they feed the children to write exams about. They cannot pass any exam unless the parents pay for extra tuition. This pass rate has got nothing to do with better education. It's concerned parents that's paying an arm and a leg to help their children. It's ridiculous!!!

  • Hennie - 2012-01-05 15:18

    nope, they just dropped the standards to imporve figures. Appologies to the students fo rthis remark.

  • Pete - 2012-01-05 15:19

    The pass rate increased from 60.6% to 70.2%! All that says to me is the goverment has lowered the difficulty (and thereby the standard) by 9.6%. Well done ANC you guys are fantastic.

  • Daniel - 2012-01-05 15:19

    As I see it the ANC have succeeded in their ultimate goal. If you keep the masses ignorant, how will they know you are lying to them?

      Marc - 2012-01-05 15:31

      This was told to me ten years ago by someone high up in government circles. I didn't believe it. Now I do. An ignorant electorate is exactly what keeps government in power. People will vote ANC simply for a hot meal and a t-shirt.

      Daniel - 2012-01-05 15:33

      You are correct, with this kind of philosophy they really will stay in power until the 2nd coming of Christ. But, not because they deserve it.

  • Jenny - 2012-01-05 15:20

    I have a brilliant idea on how to improve matric results even more. Lower the pass rate to 20% for 2012 and 10% for 2013. This way, the results will be better than even 2011's heady successes.

      David - 2012-01-05 15:26

      Pass one, pass all..ANC Motto..LOL. eish, our country is being destroyed.

      Jerhone - 2012-01-05 15:42

      Now the zombies in power can throw another 500 million rand p*ss up and praise themselves how great the ANC is, who brought such great intellegence to the people, i wonder if any of this lot were to become brain surgeons would any of these bobjaane sitting in parlament allow them to do brain surgery on them, i suppose it will be off to Switzerland for those ops just like uncle superbrain Bob who does not trust his own people when it comes to medical affairs.

  • Henk - 2012-01-05 15:23

    to drop the pass requirements to 30% and then jump up and down because of beter pass rates? you must be joking. just proof what idiots we have in our government!

      Lionel - 2012-01-05 15:54

      @ molaodid It's a thing called democracy: vote for someone else, instead of complaining, and threatening violence - moron. Also: simply because a black person manages to pull themselves out of the cesspool of a township, you hate them? Keep voting ANC.

      Elle-Black - 2012-01-05 15:54

      @Molaodid spelling dude,and grammar too,you dont werge war,you wage war or is it that new cyber language that everybody is using? If so please forgive my ignorance

      Marc - 2012-01-05 16:44

      Molaodi, you must be an SA English teacher, judging from your grammar and expression. Enough said.

  • Marc - 2012-01-05 15:27

    If the government allows itself to commit this kind of fraud, on what grounds do they criticise people for photocopying matric certificates?

  • Mike - 2012-01-05 15:28

    Only our uneducated President and his Ministers could believe such hogwash. Sorry Zuma - but there are still educated people in SA and we CAN read and understand the statistics and results. And those results show a BIG failure for education in the new South Africa. Sorry - but that is the fact!

  • Mr C - 2012-01-05 15:29

    Obviously if you make the pass mark lower every year, the pass rate will increase every year, Jackson Mthembu you KNOB! ANC - making people dumber since 1994

  • PaasHaas - 2012-01-05 15:34

    To obtain a pass, a pupil must achieve 40% in his or her home language as well as 40% in two other subjects and three subjects at 30%. In other words you can answer between 60 and 70% of your papers incorrectly in all subjects to pass, WOW, this is magnificent, something to really crow about.

      Marc - 2012-01-05 17:33

      Basically, the ANC govt education department has given up on raising the dismal education standard in South Africa. They've surrendered to the momentum of mediocrity that affirmative action, entitlement and BEE have legitimised. Their only option is to cook the books to make them look good. But the reality is there for everyone to see:

  • Ryan - 2012-01-05 15:34

    In a nutshell: ANC's solution to everything: bring down standards to increase results!

  • Bruce Hutamo - 2012-01-05 15:44

    What killed the education in this country is OBE (based on the American syllabus) , I am not saying learning about a frog from page 1 to 79 was better either; old syllabus (based on the British syllabus). but finding a balance between OBE and old syllabus. Kids were given CTA's that the teachers themselves did not know the answers, as for maths literacy, Really? who though that would be a good idea. Let's see if they new syllabus based on the Japanese works better. Congratulations to all those who made matric.

  • Tracey - 2012-01-05 15:44

    A pass rate of a mere 30% and they say this is bearing fruit????? A real banana republic.... your matric is not worth the paper it is printed on anymore

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-05 15:46

    I did just rite matrik . I past wif gud rasaltz . So stop say it wuz ezee. I did lern all yiar.

      Daan - 2012-01-05 16:25

      Yas. So has de adder poor lerners det also can not spell, and do dey all talk de talk of de ghetto eengleesh?

  • fred.kruger2 - 2012-01-05 15:50

    Bearing fruit? Pawpaw's seems like the fruit of choice.

  • molaodid - 2012-01-05 15:51

    The Zuma results for second term, will never be true. Angie Knows

  • jjlambrechts - 2012-01-05 15:59

    Haha, at least the ANC knows how to manipulate stats!!

  • jack.kukard - 2012-01-05 16:02

    It's easy to change the figures to suite them......

  • Larry - 2012-01-05 16:09

    Unfortunately a lot of it is unripe and there is some of it rotten.

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-05 16:11

    Education approach bearing fruit. Well, if there is something wrong with the education approach bearing, why not just replace it?

  • Ahmien Van der Walt - 2012-01-05 16:16

    I wonder how our education is bearing fruit! Eish some people

  • Daan - 2012-01-05 16:21

    Ha Ha Ha. And still these lêrners can not spel 2 words corektally?

  • Piet - 2012-01-05 16:41

    And the whities and Indians with the high marks will not be accepted at universities let alone getting bursaries

  • Dave - 2012-01-05 17:04

    These cANCer goons are now accepting their own propaganda as truth.

  • Marc - 2012-01-05 17:41

    Instead of congratulating themselves, the ANC should study the Global Competitiveness Report: Ranked out of 142 counties, South Africa stands as follows (p.323): Quality of primary education - 127 Primary education enrollment - 118 Quality of education system - 133 Quality of math and science education - 138 The government should hang it collective head in shame instead of Jackson mouthing meaningless congratulation.

  • Alan - 2012-01-05 18:12

    Oh wait. This is only basic education. Just wait till they get started with tertiary. Pass mark of 40% on the way, then 35% etc

  • Kate - 2012-01-05 18:21

    'Educasion baring froot' more like.

  • Comrade - 2012-01-05 19:17

    bearing fruit for yourselves you thieving scumbags!

  • TrueBlue - 2012-01-05 20:53

    I suppose any bit of self-congratulation in the midst of the failures that have beset the ANC since 1994 is a positive sign that they don't know their alphabet from their algebra. How many of these poor, misled matriculants are going to descend on universities demanding to be let in when they have the mere basics of reading writing and arithmetic. And how many more are going to drop out after their first year because they do not have the skills to do their studies. Much much more needs to be done before the ANC can congratulate itself.

      Tony - 2012-01-06 00:49

      The problem is that they dont drop out, i worked with a guy in SA who achieved his engineering degree in 9 years but could not tell me how many mm in one cm, EVEN after i put a ruler in front of him. I guess if you stick with it long enough they just give you the degree.

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-05 21:10

    Educational results can be optimized by simply changing the format of the questions. A simple "yes" or "no" as an answer will eliminate all doubt and uncertainty. For example (a question like this): Do you know that the surface area of a circle is described as pie dee squared buy four ? Yes/No. If the student answers "yes", he/she obviously knows, and hence the answer is correct. If he/she answers "no" , the answer is also correct, because he/she obviously does not know.

  • Kevin - 2012-01-05 21:13

    Whatever happened to Leebarashun BEE for airjukashun?!

      Heinrich - 2012-01-05 23:16

      we be lip berated but our e joke cash in be stolin