Nzimande welcomes matric pass rate

2013-01-04 08:58

Durban - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande on Thursday welcomed the improved matric pass rate, saying he was particularly pleased with the maths result.

"Of particular significance and excitement to us in the department of higher education and training is the increase in the pass rate for mathematics," he said in Pietermaritzburg, according to a copy of his speech.

"The increase has direct implications for enrolments in faculties where mathematics is a pre-requisite within the higher education training sector."

Nzimande was also pleased with the improvement in marks for Physical Science, Geography, History, and technical subjects.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced on Wednesday that 73.9% of matric pupils passed in 2012. In 2011 it was 70.2%.

Nzimande said the improved pass rate meant that 15 280 more matriculants had obtained a bachelor's pass compared to last year, a 12% improvement.

Life-long experience

He urged those who had not passed matric not to be despondent and look at other avenues for further learning.

"No one must lose hope because they have not passed. Learning does not begin and end with a matric, but is rather a life-long experience with various options within the post-school system."

They should, he said, take a look at vocational courses offered by Further Education and Training (FET) colleges.

An estimated 180 000 students were expected to enrol at universities, and about 100 000 at FET colleges.


  • Killbot79 - 2013-01-04 09:04

    Sorry, last time I checked many careers require at least a matric certificate, and where do you get that maths has improved overall when it has not? Blade, you are stupid.

      Christopher - 2013-01-04 09:26

      30% pass rate, they must be well proud. I am sure any corporate business will snatch these well learned matriculants up. Congratulations. Does the anc not realise when these learned matriculants get out in the BIG world that they not going to be better than a shoe shiner on a street corner. One thing that the anc gets an "A+" for is how to destroy the youth of South Africa.

      womba.wonder - 2013-01-04 09:39

      During apartheid you only needed 33.3% to pass Standard Grade subjects and 720/1900 (38%) on aggregate.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-04 10:03

      What about the other 500 000 who fell out along the way minister?

      nigel.vos.1 - 2013-01-04 11:20

      Of course Blunt Blade welcomes the results - he has no clue what good education is or he would have insisted on it instead of allowing this catastrophic system. He is as thick as a brick.

      omo.naija.750 - 2013-01-04 11:21

      womba.wonder - If what you say is correct then Apartheid's Basic education system was were very poor.In Nigeria where i come from you need to get a minimum of 40% to pass Standard Grade Subjects and 75% to get a distinction. I think SA's basic education standards right from Apartheid days was over hyped because the "products" don't seem well educated. I still believe that the country with the best education system in Africa is Ghana followed by Kenya and then Nigeria.Here is Nigeria's grading system for each subject. A1 75%-100% 5 EXCELLENT B2 70%-74% 4 VERY GOOD B3 65%-69% 3 GOOD C4 60%-64% 2.75 CREDIT C5 55%-59% 2.50 CREDIT C6 50%-54% 2.00 CREDIT D7 45%-49% 1.50 PASS E8 40%-44% 1.00 PASS F9 0%-39% <1.00 FAIL In Nigeria you sit for a minimum of two exams to gain admission into a university.First you sit for the Matric which we call W.A.E.C. where you must get a minimum of 6 credits to pass the exam. Secondly you will sit for JAMB which is a 4 subject exam with extremely difficult questions.The total mark for Jamb is 400 points ,you must get a minimum of 200 points.All Universities require you to present 6 credits and 200 points Jamb pass mark to gain admission. In recent years some Nigerians University have also organized their own entrance exams so some students end up sitting for 3 exams.The system is set up in a way that you can not have an easy way out,you either sit for the exams and pass or find a job.

      wayne.groenewald.5 - 2013-01-04 11:21

      @womba.wonder : a matric pass today is equivalent to a standard 6 pass during apartheid #educateyourself compare apples with apples not apples with rotten eggs

      omo.naija.750 - 2013-01-04 11:29

      squeegee.pilot - If those 500,000 could not pass with a dumbed down pass rate of 30% then maybe they should not be in school.Have you been to a public high school lately? I feel no pity for these kids who fail because many of them prefer to bunk classes ,get drunk,take drugs,party and have sex instead of studying.Many of them are poorly raised, misguided spoil brats who deserve no attention. The ANC has dumbed down the grades too much ,they can not dumb it down any further to accommodate these lazy buffoons.These lazy kids do not understand what it is to be self determined,they should send them all to Somalia to taste what the real world is like.Even the Somalis are hardworking and striving to make ends meet.These lazy spoilt brats want everything for free.To them life is a party.Like they say in my country : No food for lazy man!

      Kwajo.m - 2013-01-04 13:25

      They say 73.9% of the matrics passed. Is the pass mark still 30%? If so how many of this 73.9% actually got above 50%? Can someone clarified this. Is the matric certificate today still worth as prior 94'

      Ninjinvee - 2013-01-04 20:50

      Blade is not very sharp. LOL.

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-04 21:17

      Blade have you gone banana's? If you add the 50% dropout rate its an absolute disaster makes me think that Zuma's level of education is where the standard is set. Who is going to employ these uneducated kids? Maybe they are being groomed for ANC government positions which generally just requires a criminal record. VIVA! A. Africans N. Nationalize C.Corruption.........................

      donovan.ross.52 - 2013-01-24 15:45

      @womba.wonder, SA had ons of the best education systems in the world and SA citizens were highly recommended for any occupation across the globe. Now they wont accept you abroad in an skilled position with qualifications if you qualified after 1996 as they believe our standards of education has become useless... SA was THE fastest growing economy in the WORLD where you had to pay 2 pound for one Rand and was meant to be one of the wealthiest.. So I ask you can you not see the connection? since the ANC our education, economy, safety and general way of live have fallen into the gutter, but yet you still vote for them like the mindless sheep you are!!

  • leeyakath.abbubaker - 2013-01-04 09:13

    what qualifications does Mr Nzimande have to be the Minister of Higher Education? Surely for a post of such nature and academic importance, it should be given to an actual university chancellor of sorts. just thinking out aloud...

      piet.motsoeneng - 2013-01-04 09:45

      He completed his Psychology Honours degree at the University of Natal , Pietermaritzburg, in 1980. His Masters degree is in Industrial Psychology (1981) and more recently he has been awarded a PhD for a thesis in the field of personnel management from the University of Natal. I guess we cant question his education.I think he is one of those people who are certificated without necessarly being educated or atleast dislay traits of an educated person.

      wayne.groenewald.5 - 2013-01-04 11:23

      Probably more qualifications than mr president - its not about credentials in the current government #cronyism

      wayne.groenewald.5 - 2013-01-04 11:27

      @piet.motsoeneng and those were the days our education facilities were world class. #anothersatisfiedcustomer The politics/apartheid system weren't right, but the education system was highly competitive. Why cant we still have that kind of education?

      piet.motsoeneng - 2013-01-04 11:46

      @wayne, I think it because politicians dont seem to care what happens to ordinary South African's quality of education because their kids are not affected by their incompetence or lack of willpow to improve the quality of education. I just dont understand why in the same country you would have goverment officials celebrating thus results when on the other hand you IEB schools that had far superior results and politicians see no problem with what they are doing. If there is a strategy that is obviously working, I dont see why you should stick with the one that is clearly not working. Politicians sometimes undermine our intelligence and do not care about what we really need.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-01-04 09:13

    If you only need 30% to get a pass that is nothing to be "pleased" about!!!

      rina.breed - 2013-01-05 07:14

      Promotion requirements are: 40% for 3 subjects which must include the First Language 30% for any 3 other subjects Thus 1 subject can be failed (less than 30 but must be more than 20)

  • peter.ndamase - 2013-01-04 09:13

    In the meantime, students are being turned away at universities as there is not enough NSFAS funding. Are you also pleased with that Blade!

  • paul.stanley.5621 - 2013-01-04 09:14

    I dont know how any goverment can be proud of any pass rate when the percentage requirement for the disadvantaged population has been lowered over the past 15 years. All this does is create a false impression that the country's education system is moving forward when in fact its falling backwards. When the country introduces the same pass mark for every person, then we can say we are going forward, until then, for a large majority of students, the matric certificate is not worth the paper its printed on. Wake up goverment.

  • lobert.mhlanga - 2013-01-04 09:18

    @Killbot79. I can confirm to you that Blade Nzimande is a very educated man. His qualifications are very impressive.

      wendy.dubruyn - 2013-01-04 09:34

      Yes lobert he is highly qualified BUT did you check when he got these qualifications I will tell you at the height of apartheid and at universities in South Africa does that not say something to you

      john.silver.3572846 - 2013-01-04 09:54

      Is that a comment about Blade or the system Wendy? Asinine statement. A better comment is that his highness is a sociology major, which suggests that he gets a semi every time he gets to suggest the re-engineering of our society. Unfortunately he missed the engineering part and with it the fore sight to determine the good and the bad plans. He is also a social scientist with communist ideology and a tribal handbrake.

  • mbambo.shi - 2013-01-04 09:20

    Wil they ''pupil'' make it to the finish or graduate in varsity??. Will they be employable post studying??. Will their parents afford the ever-climbing tuition fees coupled by the souring cost of living??. Blade, GFY.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-04 09:20

    If Blade is only commenting a day later, it must have been a hell of a hangover.

  • logical007 - 2013-01-04 09:27

    Don't be despondent if you fail, the ANC govenment want you. There are plenty of posts in government for you. Apply now! Perks include: German luxury vehicle driver with total disrespect for other road users Credit card with unlimited personal funds housing allowance what ever else you may want?

  • ifosfamide - 2013-01-04 09:32

    The title should read 'Nzimande welcomes high 1st year failure rate'.....while more people are passing and getting many A's, the quality of education is low. Most students are under prepared for a university. Most lecturers have to prepare extra work for students who cannot cope at University (especially in Maths and Physics classes) .

  • ricardodacosta - 2013-01-04 09:32

    Let's measure the success of the educational system by the number of districtions instead of by the number of 'passes'. A pass to government is how many people know at least 30% of the content for a subject.

  • sydney.lebea - 2013-01-04 09:38

    The department of basic education failed decimally to meet some of its mandate but surprisingly enough the result have improved. You may think you are doing the doing this learners a favour by boosting/cooking their results or even relaxing the standard of the exam but let me warn you department and its ministries that most of this learners will not finish their qualifications at vasities because they simply will not cope. You might lie to the public but at who's cost this learners. If I was them I wouldn't be too quick to celebrate untill I pass my first year at University. This poloticians do not care about their future they are only maximising the votes so they can win the next elections

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2013-01-04 09:47

    Can there be anyone who is still being taken in by the statistics manipulation? The real picture is in the number of pupils who were educated to a level that will ENSURE that they benefit from further studies compared to the number who should have entered primary school 14 years ago. Quite apart from the dismal qualifying standards tell us how many kids you have deprived of opportunity and supressed potential before they even got to matric!

  • alan.delossantos.792 - 2013-01-04 09:49

    An idiot can pass at 30% - with such a low pass rate no wonder we have so many stupid youngsters. Would you let a surgeon operate on you if he only had a 30% pass rate (mortality)? Still with a president who can hardily read and write they probably have a bright future.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2013-01-04 09:51

    and finally on this: The quality of education is evidenced by the quality of the public statements made by the country's leaders!

  • ljmostert - 2013-01-04 10:00

    Even Zimbabwe's standard of education is better!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-04 10:52

      It has been for several years. A school headmaster told me recently that he could not find Maths teachers from SA anywhere near as competent as the Zimbos who applied for the job...

  • werner.vandeventer - 2013-01-04 10:23

    Monareng again your comment has nothing to do with the story. Please explain the link between the parlotones and the matric results?

  • oneconcernedude - 2013-01-04 10:25

    I note with curiosity that in South Africa we are “privileged” to have a “Higher” education minister aka Blade Nzimande AND a “ Basic” education minister in Angie Motshekga. Hell… TWO education “ministers” for one of the weakest education systems in the world. Blade is chuffed about the “improved” matric pass rate, but the standard pass mark is 30%? THIRTY PERCENT! So if the student is capable of understanding less than one third of the principles, intricacies and theorem (formula or logic provable from a set of axioms and basic assumptions) of the subject of mathematics, all is right in Blade’s world! Small wonder our education system sucks and our governmental structures are a joke! His boss, the zoomer thinks, quote: “The improvement in the national pass rate from 70.2% in 2011 to 73.9% was "outstanding" and “ those who did not make it should pick themselves up and try harder because they are still at the prime of their age so they have an opportunity to try again." Yeah right…and that from one with “no formal education” See…? Anything is possible in a failed state “banana republic”!

  • wayne.groenewald.5 - 2013-01-04 11:14

    Nzimande why don't you go and drown yourself in your acceptance of mediocrity. You incompetent buffoon. I feel so sorry for these kids thinking they have what it takes and then fail university because the gap is that big. 67/100 questions wrong is nothing to be proud of.

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2013-01-04 11:23

      @varsity you will get those who pass and those who will fail. Its not new. And its part of life...i dont see the fuss.

  • wayne.groenewald.5 - 2013-01-04 11:18

    FFS - what other country has 2 education ministers - and still cant get it right. Let devalue our education system so that it is worth more... workswellwithcurrency #idiots

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2013-01-04 11:20

    When you go through the comments, its not even criticism its hatred full of undermining, unfair disapproval and discrimination from the people. Its just an unhealthy situation happening over here and you just ask yourself..are these south africans really? South Africa is a fortunate and special place to be.. And we got the stamp of approval by being offered to host a FIFA World cup and the presence of Madiba in our life time.

      raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-04 11:40

      No mzwandile, it's just simple facts! Unless the majority do something positive about this situation, you can be sure things will only get worse. These 'feeble minded' students are the politicians of tomorrow! Can you grasp the implication of that?

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2013-01-04 12:10

      I would gladly appriciate if you come with solutions rather than complaining on the other side of the fence. But we are not doing as bad as it is currently painted gentlemen. Let us not be subjective in our analyses as if we are not part of the equation.

      oneconcernedude - 2013-01-04 15:54

      Mzwandile Dlamanzi as you suggest we "come with solutions rather than complaining on the other side of the fence" I have a simple yet very effective solution for you! Vote this incompetent, self-serving, gravy-train government OUT by casting your vote for the progressive, developmental future which the DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE can bring to our country and convince all your friends,family and acquaintances to do so as well, for the sake of your future and the future of all our children!

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2013-01-04 18:10

      @oneconcerndude. Hahahaha give me alternative solutions other than that.

  • wayne.groenewald.5 - 2013-01-04 11:20

    @womba.wonder : a matric pass today is equivalent to a standard 6 pass during apartheid #educateyourself

  • raymond.mcnelly - 2013-01-04 11:36

    The average I.Q. in South Africa is between 50 and 70, and by the looks of it, is't going to change any time soon.

  • werner.vandeventer - 2013-01-04 11:48

    Ssmonareng, seems like you're trying as hard as you can to come off as an intelligent person. But after reading your comments the past week I'm convinced that you're just another idiot

  • dave.kofang - 2013-01-04 11:53

    The single biggest f*#kup caused by anc govt is damaging our education.They started with useless OBE,merging of schools n institutions of higher learning,reducing passing mark,introducing nonsense called maths literacy the list is endless.And they act suprised wen they produced unemployable youth.

      dave.kofang - 2013-01-04 11:56

      I matriculated in 1993 n my certificate still looked decent as compared to nonsense dat is offered this days.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2013-01-04 11:58

    Really, finally.... Only one thing is more irritating that a constant stream of criticism (valid or not), and that is an overwhelming, partisan denial that there is any validity in that criticism. In all the shouting back and forth of claims of success and disbelief/rejection, nothing is going to improve until the denialists shut-up, accept the magnitude of the problem and get down to solving it.........and the criticisers (be allowed to) contribute where they can.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2013-01-04 12:17

    Government is just happy to hear the word pass, the marks are of no consequence. Maths is one of south africa worst taught subject as I am sure a lot of the teachers dont understand what they are teaching themselves, not qualified enough to teach the subject. But the ANC is more than happy with mediocre because thats how they run mediocre is great no need to exert yourself. When you employ somebody and they cant write properly, they can even do sum simple maths and you are now expected to be teacher and still pay them top wages whilst you battle to push on with your own work. Working people are there to be teachers and stand over newly employed youth and teach them the basic eduction, yes teach them the basic of the job on hand but we are not there to be a pvt tutor. This is the problem no good basic education no understanding of how to apply themselves because most of these kids have never really had to push themselves at anything so when they do get a job they still expect somebody to stand over them tutor them, its time wasting and expensive. Mediocre does not cut it, teach kids to work hard raise the pass rate, teach them business ethics. Thats what us lacking, try government depts see the reception when to go there to do something, never greeted properly, no smile, lazy person behind desk takes all the time to lift her fat backside off the chair to walk over to the counter then glares at you. This type of person should be sitting in the back room.

  • bridget.schwartz.16 - 2013-01-04 12:30

    the only way the stats could have improved is by lowering the standard. The improvements could not have been achieved in 1 year unless the std was dropped. We are kidding ourselves and providing false hope to many that they have gained an education that will lead them to a better future.

  • pws69 - 2013-01-04 12:50

    Yup, let us celebrate 32,9% pass rate

  • Kwajo.m - 2013-01-04 13:24

    They say 73.9% of the matrics passed. Is the pass mark still 30%? If so how many of this 73.9% actually got above 50%? Can someone clarified this. Is the matric certificate today still worth as prior 94'

  • Gert van Coller - 2013-01-04 14:48

    Sorry to burst your Utopian bubble Comrade Blade, but do you need reminding on how many pupils enrolled in Grade I in 2001 vs how many passed matric in 2012, and more specifically, how many passed with exemption? 73%? Closer to 12% Need I say more?

  • daniel.malan3 - 2013-01-04 15:03

    Strange that people moan about the pass rate as it is now, but during apartheid it was the exact same. Rather worry about the drop outs, over 700 000 left school between grade 1 and matric.

      Tyrone Grobbelaar - 2013-01-04 17:22

      Are you kidding? You cannot think that the standard of education is half as good as the past and you cannot say that the exams are as tough. Two words for you on the current system: DUMBED DOWN.

  • Cza Ziphethe - 2013-01-04 15:56

    It's amazing that our Honourable Minister of Higher Education & Learning doesn't know that one needs to pass Matric in order to enrol at a FET college.

  • moses.m.masilela - 2013-01-04 21:36

    Thank you blade

  • enlightened.bowman - 2013-01-12 18:58

    he's just realised that at 25% he might have passed wood work and some african language, that is.

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