Minister defends quality of matric

2012-05-17 22:28

Cape Town - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has defended the quality of the National Senior Certificate, saying its standard "can be attested to".

Motshekga said in her budget vote speech in Parliament on Thursday that concerns had been raised about standard of the certificate with the introduction of the new curriculum.

"The high standards of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) can be attested to," she said.

"To obtain admission to university study for bachelors with the old senior certificate, a candidate had to pass four subjects at 40% and two at 33.3%.

"In the case of the NSC, admission to bachelor studies requires a pass in four subjects at 50% and the remaining subjects at 30%, provided that the home language is passed at 40% and the language of learning and teaching at 30%."

She said the NSC required a candidate to offer seven subjects, while the old senior certificate required only six subjects.

"From the above minimum requirements, it is clear that pass requirements are now higher. And here we are telling no lies and are claiming no easy victories."

Motshekga said question papers were "benchmarked" as a credible mechanism for ensuring national question papers were internationally comparable and were are of the highest standard and quality.

In 2007, question papers for 10 major subjects were evaluated by three assessment bodies - Cambridge International Examinations, the Scottish Qualification Authority and the Board of Studies New South Wales.

"There is consensus... that by international standards our question papers are well designed and assess what they purport to assess," she said.

Motshekga said "continuous teacher professional development" continued to be critical for the department.

"Our call to teachers to be in school, in class, on time, teaching for at least seven hours a day remains fundamental," she said.

She said the department was overseeing the implementation of the Integrated Strategic Planning Framework for Teacher Education and Development that was launched in April 2011.

Some R3bn had been set aside for teacher development in provinces in 2012/13.

An audit process to support functionality of teacher resource centres would be conducted in 2012/13.

This would include a scoping for the development of new centres.

There are currently 144 teacher centres in the country.

  • sven.gohre - 2012-05-17 22:45

    Funny that the exam papers for 10 major subjects were evaluated by three assessment bodies - Cambridge International Examinations, the Scottish Qualification Authority and the Board of Studies New South Wales, but the South African NSC is not accepted here in the UK. In fact universities here force anyone with a South African "University Exemption" to spend a year doing what they call GCSE which is far lower than "A" Levels. Back in the 70's the South African matric was on a par with the UK's "A" Levels.

      kayley.segal - 2012-05-17 23:26

      eye ken esure u thet d edumekashon her es d bezt. eye ghot sex destinkshuins and efter kolage i wil ged a jobb n govment. ghod blez d a&c.

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-17 23:51

      Eish, Are you a product of the education depertment?

      kayley.segal - 2012-05-18 00:13

      Yebo, Gogo!! end prawd ov et !!!

      Peter - 2012-05-18 08:57

      All they did was make the work easier... and now they tout that they made a difference by making them need more subjects. Im glad i was the last year on the old education system. I feel sorry for every student on the new education system

      NrGx - 2012-05-18 09:03

      Brilliant comment Kayley!

      Bruce - 2012-05-18 12:43

      The standard probably failed me completely, what are you trying to say Kayley? Please repeat your comments in standard English.

  • EricksonTL - 2012-05-17 22:47

    Why then, do so many companies who offer bursaries in the technical field INSIST on bridging courses? If it's not because the matric certificate is not worth the paper it's printed on, then what could the reason possibly be?

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-05-17 22:50

    I attest that you ask the couple million unemployed people that have your piece of paper, what it is worth.

  • Sharon - 2012-05-17 22:53

    I think she must put her money where her mouth is. Please release the matric results before the tweaking was done. Let the truth be known of how serious the manipulation really is. Also tell us how the matric pass rate percentage is affected when compared to students starting grade one twelve years earlier. Only then can this matric farce be discussed - when true facts are put on the table.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-05-17 23:53

      I know Maths is manipulated a whole 10% higher - I know this from my 2010 Matric year - the next year most universities increased the Mathematics by 10%.

  • Tiaan - 2012-05-17 23:25

    "She said the NSC required a candidate to offer seven subjects, while the old senior certificate required only six subjects." - The only subject added is Life Orientation, which is the stupidest most time wasting subject ever. Oh yes, by all means, now that we have LO under our name we will get jobs very easily... The National Senior Certificate is a joke. I wrote matric last year. It's a complete joke. The sad thing is there are still people that fail matric, year after year. How hard is it to get 30%? Seriously

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-05-17 23:53

    ..and let's not even talk about how the marks are skewed and "moderated" so much so that universities have had to increase their entrance requirements in recent years.

  • koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-17 23:55

    Hey please people, don't be so tuff on Comrade Angie. She need to be incompetant else she would loose her job. If that happens where is she going to get another one?

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-18 00:01

    I would not want a doctor messing with me on an operating table if he had only got 50% for ANY of his subjects in matric. That means he only know half his subject. That's disgraceful!

      Koos - 2012-05-18 01:36

      That is the reality of the situation but it seems that people don't think about it like that.

  • Kenny - 2012-05-18 00:22

    What a load of GARBAGE,how can this excuse for an education minister ANGIE (For the struggle)lie and talk such RUBBISH.Our education is a joke and not accepted in any of the first world countries,only in places like Bushman land. If the education system was on par with say the UK 90% of you know who would fail every year ending up with 18year olds still in junior school.

      Koos - 2012-05-18 01:39

      That is the only reason why you can't fail. You have to progress to the next grade. They can't even manage the current intake let alone if half the grade are from the previous year. Schools and Uni's get funding for the amount of people that 'pass', so 'pass' they will!

  • Tian Reyneke - 2012-05-18 04:26

    Wow kayley you are an idiot its amazing you can switch your phone on and type...

  • brandon.gillbee - 2012-05-18 05:49

    Old angie, she is more to blame for inequality and poverty than anyone in the DA. She is doing more harm to the black population than Eugene Terreblanch ever did, bet you a grand she still got a fat bonus in December despite the fact that her department is under performing. Half way through the year less than half the schools have text books, R17 million worth of text books are \missing\ in the eastern cape alone? 19 schools in 2010 had a 100% fail rate, 600 schools in kzn don't have running water and she was more concerned about Helen Zille calling the student flocking to the western cape \refugees\. You have to love Angie!! That sort of arrogance, ignorance and stupidity can't be taught... Not even in the new syllabus.

  • Sly4Lyf - 2012-05-18 06:27

    Just as well, it is why only about 25% of these matriculants are able to complete their university studies successfully... The rest drop out or repeat endlessly. The SA economy would more than 70% more efficient if skills development was implemented properly. This low pass rate indeed reflects in our boardrooms.

  • Sly4Lyf - 2012-05-18 06:30

    Just as well, it is why only about 25% of these matriculants are able to complete their university studies successfully... The rest drop out or repeat endlessly. The SA economy would more than 70% more efficient if skills development was implemented properly. This low pass rate indeed reflects in our boardrooms.

      LanfearM - 2012-10-18 13:36

      I think you are being optimistic. Our completion rate of degrees is dismal, only something like 11% of people who enroll in a university ever complete their degree.

  • matsieddy.malebatso - 2012-05-18 06:54

    Mxm! 7 worthless subjects, this department is the biggest contributor to unemployment rate.

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-18 06:55

    At 50% and 40% you still know nothing, let alone 30%. In my days, what we learned in standard 4, today's pupils learn in matric. Pathetic. Everybody now seems clever because they passed matric, but are they really?

  • Johan - 2012-05-18 07:00

    This is absolute BS. Our matric is worthless !!

  • Johan - 2012-05-18 07:01

    This is absolute BS. Our matric is worthless !!

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-18 07:11

    WTF has she been smoking?? a matric certificate obtained with 30% being a passing grade from start to finish of school means that you have "matriculants" who are still as illiterate as they were when they entered first grade. not only matric certificates are worth nothing, but diplomas obtained from universities that are'nt allowed to get rid of underachievers (BEE Quotas) who should have never been accepted inthe first place result in having "graduates" who are unemployable. me thinks the minister should book into a rehab facility and stop talking Cr@p.

  • Peter - 2012-05-18 07:22

    Not suprised, its very common for such failures in SA to be justified, they very same people justifying it are not evev taking their kids to schools where they have destroyed the culture of learning instead of improving it. While they are in the process of destroying Model C school as well, they don't bother to make any sort of difference in township schools. The saddest thing that came with democracy \death of education in most school\. Sick and tired of rethorics!!

  • martie.lottering - 2012-05-18 07:36

    My son is now busy with his American High School Diploma online with a college in USA. To get his credits for a subject he needs 75% or higher, otherwise he fails the subject and need to do it over. It only cost me R10900 for 3 years including all his books and study material. The only extra cost for me is to buy him some pens, paper for the printer and ink for the printer and then internet which I already have for personal use. Cheap and of very high standard. My eldest already have his high school diploma and next year my little daughter is going to start with her American schooling. They are accepted all over the world.

      LanfearM - 2012-10-18 13:35

      I see British online colleges also now offer their High School diplomas online for foreign students, including South Africa.

  • Andries - 2012-05-18 07:51


      LanfearM - 2012-10-18 13:34

      You obviously have access to internet Andries. So go to the SANDF website and you will see all the information you need right there.

  • Bibi - 2012-05-18 07:53

    Bull, they tweak the matric results every year. And if 30% is what the students need to aspire to, I have little faith in that piece of paper.

  • DSBennie - 2012-05-18 08:15

    Accurate reflection of your standards is that the University of Stellenbosch has drastically increased the requirements to obtain a degree, including requiring 70% minimum in Maths do take maths as a subject at varsity which is required for all Physics, Maths, Chemistry and Computer Sciences and Engineering degrees and 60% in Maths if Maths Bio has to be taken which is required for all remaining degrees in the Natural Sciences department.

      LanfearM - 2012-10-18 13:33

      Yup, saw Unisa also now insists on a 60% pass rate in English before admittance. If you don't have it, they insist that you take a year long bridging course before you can start studying your chosen degree.

  • Winifred - 2012-05-18 08:28

    Let me tell Angie domestic workers aged 47 yrs has a standard 5 pass. With this standard 5 pass she is better educated than two of her children that passed matric last year. My domestic can speak and write fluent english whereby her children cannot converse or write properly in english infact their matric marks were a waste of her hard earned money to pay for their education at a school in the suburbs. These children are now sitting at home and have lost all hope of ever earning a living. Do I forsee Garden Boy and Domestic work. The youth today deserve better than this after 18 years under the current system. Our education system has ruined a few generations and unless something is done now it is slowly deteriorating as time go by. Time for the Goverment to throw out teachers unions stop all the striking and pay teachers according to the class pass mark. I mean an honest pass mark and not pass marks that had a bit of a gippo.

  • Phelamanga - 2012-05-18 09:07

    The quality test will be to give this year's matriculants a final exam paper from the 90s and see how they fare. They won't do well at all simply because the level was higher and there was a greater challenge. The English language paper 1 was 100 marks, with a lot of reading and required knowledge as compared to today's paper 1 which has a standard grade comprehension piece, and the whole paper is only 70 marks where little required knowledge is necessary.But, one must also consider that many of today's teachers will struggle with those papers.

      Marion - 2012-05-18 12:00

      Talking English paper - In Grade 9 my son's English teacher, and the entire class, insisted he was wrong when he said the tree will not bear much fruit as opposed to their version which was the tree will not bare much fruit. I think Angie is retaliating because Dr Mamphele Ramphele said that she got a better education under the old Bantu education than today's kids are getting under the new education system. I don't recall EVER having to wait for textbooks. My son doesn't have textbooks (Grade 9) and when I asked the school where I could buy textbooks I was told that he will be provided with everything he needs by the school. Obviously he doesn't need textbooks.

  • EyesEars - 2012-05-18 09:07

    When all had the old eduction system, it were rejected. Some of the handbooks were even locked away in some classrooms and the children were told that they have never received books, therefor all the riots in the 70's. 100 years of planning an education system (would seem like more than enough time), with the new system of 18 years in place and completely messed up, all are worse off than before. How ironic!

  • Jaco - 2012-05-18 12:31

    When I see her teeth, I don't know if I should smile or kick dropgoal!

  • Bruce - 2012-05-18 12:41

    The standard is attested to being rubbish!

  • comurray - 2012-05-18 15:09

    Most of our matriculants just cannot read or write, it appears that the Mixit style writing in the examinations is totally acceptable. No wonder 99% are unemployable and it will stay that way until they decide to do something about it themselves.

  • anthony.richardson.961 - 2012-05-20 22:42

    Being on the receiving end of the products of our education system, I would love to hear what Prof. Jonathan Jansen has to say about this! In fact, get rid of Angie & Blade and make this man Minister of Education then I think, we make start to see some progress

  • LanfearM - 2012-10-18 13:09

    Dream on Angie! Didn't you see the latest international ratings? Our basic education rank 5th lowest in the world! A 30% pass mark is absolutely ridiculous and nobody should be allowed into a university with less than a 60% pass mark in ALL their subjects. Companies don't want to appoint people with matric because our country's matric is useless. Children who want to study overseas, even with eight distinctions, have to do bridging courses because our matric is not accepted in most countries. Even Zimbabwe's education is better than ours ffs! It is such a sad loss that the leadership of the ANC and thus of our government, has sunken so low. The previous leaders of the ANC, up to and including Thabo Mbeki, were learned men and women, educated and intelligent. But now we are stuck with idiots who don't know anything except how to be corrupt, and a president with the old standard 6 to his name! I don't care how many "honorary degrees" he has, he didn't earn a single one. An uneducated president whose close companions sneer at the educated, is creating a general attitude of "we don't need an education" amongst our country's people, especially amongst the poor.

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