Matric numbers down

2011-09-22 22:30

Pretoria - There will be 22 000 fewer pupils writing matric this year than last year, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Thursday.

A total of 620 266 pupils had registered to write the matric exams, down from 642 691 in 2010, she told reporters in Pretoria.

In previous years, the number of students who registered to write matric was boosted by those who had wanted to write the Senior Certificate before it was originally due to be phased out in May or June 2012, Basic Education director general Bobby Soobrayan said.

Of those registered to write the examinations this year, 512 029 were full-time pupils writing the National Senior Certificate, while 108 237 were part-time pupils, some of whom were writing the Senior Certificate, which was based on the old syllabus.

Earlier this year, Motsheka announced the extension of the Senior Certificate exam deadline until May or June 2014.

Among her reasons was the "unsuitability of the National Senior Certificate to accommodate Senior Certificate candidates", according to a notice sent to principals in August.

Most pupils were registered in KwaZulu-Natal, with 149 430, followed by Gauteng, with 122 788.

Only 230 632 of the registered pupils (37.1%) would write maths and 184 501 (29.7%) physical science.

The exams would cover 39 subjects, including the 11 official languages, and consist of 132 question papers. They would start on October 24 and end on December 1.

Fifty-three question papers had been adapted for Braille and 45 question papers had been adapted for deaf pupils.

Marking in eight provinces would start on December 2.

In Gauteng, marking would start on November 9 on a staggered basis as exams were completed.

"We can confirm confidently that we’re ready to administer a credible 2011 NSC examination," Motshekga said.

The exams will be held at 6 540 examination centres, and will be marked at 123 marking centres by 35 000 markers.

Motshekga said she was "relieved" there had been no labour problems.

  • JasunX - 2011-09-22 23:13

    The country is getting more populated by the day, but more stupid? Where is the balance?

      Mixyez - 2011-09-23 07:43

      I am surprised that there are not more entrants. At the rate the government is lowering the bar to accomodate the masses they should all be clambering to write, even Julius. When wil we as a society understand that not every child has the capacity to become a university student?

      chan chan - 2011-09-23 09:05

      i dont know if any1 has looked at the content in the new schooling system, bt it is a embarrassment to our country, the level of education has fallen so much in the last few years !! everything the ANC has set out to do they has failed, and trying to reduce their failure(lowering the marks need to pass and learning material) has decrease the level of education by lowering the standard of learning !! Looking at it now, the ANC will have completely destroyed life for the next generations !! and no one will take a stand .... i refuse to have children in this country !!!!

      Piet Skiet - 2011-09-24 11:42

      And another 400 000 people joining the unemployed. - what happened to Zumas 500 000 jobs that he promised all and sundry?

  • k1dbl4ck - 2011-09-22 23:30

    with 30% required to pass, you may as well use those exam papers in the toilet.

  • Harvey - 2011-09-23 00:16

    "unsuitability of the National Senior Certificate to accommodate Senior Certificate candidates" Can anyone translate newspeak for me please?

      Observer - 2011-09-23 08:11

      I think she's trying to say that a system that used to work perfectly well until gavahment decided to intervene, no longer works. And maybe she's alluding to an idea that Matric should now be scrapped as it's no longer relevant. BOGGLES the mind!

      Swart_Baas - 2011-09-23 09:15

      @Obs, perfect. lets scrap the damn matric. we can all get into tenders mos...July A@rse did!

      Almaki - 2011-09-23 09:48

      It means that you used to have to be able to solve problems and complete questions to pass, but now you just have to be able to dish up a lot of nonsense and you'll be fine. Unfortunately, those who studied under the old Senior Certificate system aren't all that good at dishing up random nonsense. Hence the unsuitability :-)

  • Trevor - 2011-09-23 00:54

    VIVA ANC VIVA...VIVA JULIUS VIVA...bring da Affirmative Action cause there is no other way the majority can compete with the short, they getting more stupid and more welfare dependant by the year..typical African mindset...and I blame the ANC

      chan chan - 2011-09-23 09:08

      they are just creating the next generation of rioters and unemployed, they want to create jobs, but they cant produce students worth hiring,

  • luckpon - 2011-09-23 01:04

    Why bother to go to matrix when u can become president with standard 2 or president of ANCYL with standard1

  • Twitch - 2011-09-23 01:30

    if only our youth legue president knw the expectations from his position instea of lashing out war against white people , then the youth will knw the importance of education

      daaivark - 2011-09-23 07:54

      Ja and they might learn to spell basic words too.

      Bardy - 2011-09-23 08:48

      LOL! Jy is vark @ daaivark!

  • proudandpink - 2011-09-23 02:16

    No doubt those 22 000 will be joining Malema and the Yoof Leak's march demanding jobs. Will never understand the mentality!

      GTA_Lad - 2011-09-23 08:02

      They'll be in jail by next year

  • AJ2 - 2011-09-23 04:52

    Wow, you get to CHOOSE whether you do maths as a potential school leaver these days? Let me guess, they all want to be mini-celebrities and 'develop their brand' and maths and science is surplus to requirements?

      Almaki - 2011-09-23 09:51

      If I recall correctly, you have to take either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy. In mathematical literacy they basically teach you how to count up the total of the groceries in your trolley. Absolutely useless.

  • Nicholas - 2011-09-23 05:51

    It is amazing. Here in Australia, where the population is 22 million people, the number of grade 12's is over 1.3million and yet there is still a SHORTAGE of skilled professionals. In South Africa, population is 55million, yet only 640k write matric. SA needs to fix this otherwise there will soon be no skill in the country. Ticking time bomb

  • Linda Whelan - 2011-09-23 06:17

    How do you adapt a question paper for the deaf - ALL IN CAPS?

      AmandaWhereTo - 2011-09-23 09:02

      Hahaha! I was thinking exactly the same thing.

  • noitall - 2011-09-23 06:42

    one way to get your average matric pass rate % up is to make sure that only the clever ones write the exam. This is all about Angie Motshekga being able to write on her CV the % pass went up this year! maybe score a few million in bonuses

      daaivark - 2011-09-23 07:56

      Absolute bull, noitall. Her explanation makes perfect sense.

  • haroldrvjansen - 2011-09-23 06:57

    What was the number of grade 1's from which this current group of matrics originated from?

  • Sisie - 2011-09-23 07:36

    Youth have been taking Juju literally again. I wonder how many of these dropped out of school just because, how many are pregnant, how many actually never even went to school, for one reason or another. Yip the more things change the more they stay the same. Reminds me of an old era, where to have Std 6 was an accomplishment, because hey one could always get a job with the public service - sound familiar. It really is a shame that once a generation fought for the right to be educated the same as their counterparts - and now look at the education systyem, but also look at the pupils - they have no respect for that uniform, they have no morals or ethics, they are lazy and the only reason they are seen at school are so that they can socialize, but then one has to look at their teachers as well - to them it's just a salary cheque at the end of the month. They really don't give a damn and those few who are passionate about teaching are so few and far between. This is truly a lost generation. They will rely on the government to give them hand outs and grants, they will riot because there are no jobs, they will blame everyone else but themselves because it is so much easier than taking responsibility for yourself.

  • Verdade - 2011-09-23 07:38

    No wonder the numbers are down, they either in the shebeens or in bed with the teachers

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  • Johan - 2011-09-23 08:03

    Maybe Motshekga can try to write the exam too...

  • Kev - 2011-09-23 08:18

    Its because Juli-ass has promised everyone money when he nationalises the world. Why waste time studying for an education.

  • 2shy2call - 2011-09-23 08:26

    22 000 recruit of Moyo, he won't be using 8 anymore. This is an army. This are future MP's in South Africa

  • Ross - 2011-09-23 09:50

    Why are most pupils registered in Kwa-Zulu Natal?

  • Julsie3 - 2011-09-23 10:03

    Matric = 0 When sent to University the poor kids have to do a extra learn to read and write. Education RSA is a joke, disgrace and a mess!!

  • mmoorhouseza - 2011-09-23 10:07

    This is good news for the ANC. Their votes come from the uneducated.

  • letsee - 2011-09-23 16:21

    Do we know why? Do we know why? or csn the country afford to be even more ignorant?

  • Tarries - 2011-09-23 17:17

    I'm not sure if anyone has noticed the total botch up in the article... but please read the sixth last sentence carefully. It reads: "Fifty-three question papers had been adapted for Braille and 45 question papers had been adapted for deaf pupils.". WTF ?????? DEAF PUPILS??? Have they somehow organised the papers in sign language?

  • Richard Fahrenfort - 2011-09-26 08:37

    We should be very worried about those low numbers of learners writing maths and science. I would like to see what percentage of those are writing higher grade and then a further demographic breakdown of that. We need the dept of education to invest in maths and science teachers whos first language is not English or Afrikaans.

  • Vuyo - 2011-11-22 19:51

    The M&G has reported on this issue several times this year. The number of registrations for PART TIME learners have rissen off the charts. Pupils who are at risk of failing are de-registered as FULL TIME students and re-registerd as PART TIME students. The reason: TO CALCULATE THE NATIONAL PASS RATE ONLY THE RESULTS OF FULL TIME STUDENTS WILL FORM PART OF THE STATS. The department denied this of course but the question was raised as to why the number of part time students have raised from somewhere in the hundreds in 2008 to over a hundred thousand in 2011.

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