Political groups welcome matric results

2013-01-02 22:29

Johannesburg - Youth groups, the Eastern Cape ANC and the Western Cape provincial government welcomed the 3.7% improvement to the 2012 matric results released on Wednesday.

"The improved results demonstrate that our young people are serious about their development and achieving economic freedom in our lifetime," the ANC Youth League said in a statement.

While the ANCYL welcomed the results, it argued that there were not enough positions at universities to take on all those who qualified.

"We remind our government to prioritise delivering on their promise of building additional universities," the youth league said.

It urged young people to consider vocational training instead of universities.

Gender gap

The IFP Youth Brigade also offered its "cautious" congratulations in the students who passed matric.

"The IFPYB congratulates the class of 2012 with caution. On one hand we have a situation of an increase to 73.9% and on the other we have to continue probing the quality of the actual pass," said IFPYB chair Mkhuleko Hlengwa in a statement.

"We need to ensure that these passes are of a qualitative quantity."

Hlengwa also called on government to do more for male pupils who had a lower pass rate than their female classmates.

He said male students were being left behind and suggested the education system was favouring females.

"As a nation we cannot afford to neglect male learners in order to promote females. Both need to be developed at equally. Both must be given the same treatment," Hlengwa said.

The 2012 matric pass rate was 73.9%, up from 70.2% in 2011.

The Eastern Cape scored a 61.6% 2012 pass rate - up from its 2011 58.1% equivalent, but still the lowest in the country.

Western Cape decline

The provincial ANC said it welcomed the improved pass rate in the province and claimed it showed the benefit of people working together.

"The improvements prove beyond any doubt that, when we work together, there is more that can be done in the province," Eastern Cape ANC spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane said in a statement.

"The province maybe at the tail end in terms of percentages scored by other provinces, but this is not poor performance. We have registered a good improvement and we hope for more in future," Qoboshiyane said.

The Western Cape was the only province in the country that recorded a decline in its pass rate. There was a 0.1% different in its 82.8% pass rate in 2012, compared to the 82.9% of Western Cape matrics that passed in 2011.

Western Cape education MEC Donald Grant said he was "delighted" at the province's results.

He based this on the Western Cape having maintained a "stable" pass rate while a record number of students, 36 992, took the exam.

"We are very pleased that the pass rate remained stable while the number of candidates grew so significantly," Grant said.

He also argued that the province had more "quality" passes with more bachelor and diploma passes.

  • Partiboy - 2013-01-02 22:41

    With the current standard of a matric certificate, one should consider why the pass rate isn't 100%. We making our students dumber every year!

      beverly.young3 - 2013-01-02 23:02

      Yup 4 outta ten is considered good? We are breeding a nation of fools......imagine going to a doctor in 5 years time? we might as well commit suicide...

  • christelle.theron.3 - 2013-01-02 22:43

    "The IFPYB congratulates the class of 2012 with caution. On one hand we have a situation of an increase to 73.9% and on the other we have to continue probing the quality of the actual pass," said IFPYB chair Mkhuleko Hlengwa in a statement." And sadly, you are right. Are these kids ready for the jobmarket? And I honestly do not want to be pessimistic - this is just realistic.

  • mathata.fela.7 - 2013-01-02 22:45

    Why not publish a pass rate of 100% and get it over and done with? We all know this is just one big political farce.

      thomas.netshisaulu - 2013-01-03 01:24

      If your child tells you that she/he has pass metric by 50% rate would you tear the certificate or send her back to school?if this results are wrong you must think about yours as well.stop discouraging our kids.Funny enough you are still sending your child to school where you know the system is wrong.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-01-03 06:40

      By falsely encouraging our kids Thomas, we create unrealistic expectations with them and they become disillusioned like our kids are currently.

      talana.malherbe - 2013-01-03 07:13

      Mathata is quite right Thomas, unfortunately our government is proud to publish these pass raytes but how exactly are they equipping our children for the future?

  • beverley.uys.5 - 2013-01-02 22:50

    Yeah right! Manipulation of note. Lower the standards add 10% for pitching up for the exam and voila!

  • ernest.lwandle - 2013-01-02 22:54

    E.C Mr Qoboshiyane dont even try to piss me of my province is going down but you keep on appreciating the nonsence,

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-01-02 23:19

      Your real turn to fight it Ernest is in 2014!

  • sean.gibson3 - 2013-01-02 23:18

    iFP youth can they make a statement." More time is spent on females than males". Hello this is 2013 , if the males can't perform then it is their own problem friends..from a pale male

  • thomas.netshisaulu - 2013-01-03 01:17

    I think we must stop being politically about the metric results,it has nothing to do with South African being ruled by black back off to our black president,and go to Europe to compete with those of your standard,you are welcome to leave the kids can speak and write English and can have a conversation in English.The government is doing its best in education compare to what the apartheid government did.less than 10% of black pupils completed standard six,they couldn't even right or read English ,however they were doing well in Afrikaans,This kids will do well in life and succeed more than you,stop demoralizing our kids.

      womba.wonder - 2013-01-03 02:13

      "Metric" results? Not "imperial" ones? Five-eighths? (What hope is there for someone who cannot even spell "matric" properly? Or write "write" correctly?)

      amanda.victor.92 - 2013-01-03 02:32

      It's not OUR fault that the ANC and Mandela wanted you to burn your schools down to show the white man. Remember 'liberation before education'? Don't come blame us. We built you fantastic schools, libraries, universities and YOU didn't want it. You wanted to burn it down. So now you sit with the results. Palooka.

      christelle.theron.3 - 2013-01-03 06:38

      Thomas, where did anybody say anything about the President being black. It has nothing to do with him being black - so was Mandela and many "white" people had the utmost respect for him. It is simply because our President is .....uh..uhm...sorry, I cannot find a polite word to describe him.

      steve.maynard.121 - 2013-01-03 06:39

      Hi Thomas. Where can I get a "metric"?

      thanda.sibisi - 2013-01-03 07:03

      There is a big difference between what apartheid wanted and what the present government claims to aim for.Verwoerd is on record as wanting the "non whites" particularly the "Bantu" to be educated such that they retain their place in society as drawers of water and hewers of wood.Despite this fact , there are many professionals (doctors, lawyers and so on , including yours truly , who are products of bantu education. On the other hand we were promised something much better than bantu education by the present government.Sadly there is a HUGE difference between promises and reality! Apartheid promised mediocrity for "non whites" but sometimes produced excellence (Ramaphosa, Ramphele and many others are products of the selfsame Bantu education which meant to produce "drawers of water and hewers of wood" On the other hand "excellence from the supposedly "world class" system of education from the present government is as scarce as hen's teeth I am afraid.

      talana.malherbe - 2013-01-03 07:10

      It has nothing to do with BLACK! It has all to do with being corrupt and putting out very low education standards for our children. Don't you want the best possible education for your children?

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2013-01-03 01:21

    OMG The Standard must be so low. 3rd World Country. Bet Zuma would still FAIL lol.

      thomas.netshisaulu - 2013-01-03 01:29

      Robert this has nothing to do with our Zuma.what are you doing to improve the standard?it should be a concern to you if you have a child bcos he or she will go through the same standard or you will send them to Europe where the standard is high?

      amanda.victor.92 - 2013-01-03 02:34

      Thomas, when you have a president with a Std 3 running the country, then it has everything to do with Zuma. He doesn't care about education as he's not educated. To him, anyone getting 40% is a genius. That's why he's so insecure on the world stage - because he knows everyone knows he's a dumb man who keeps licking his lips to hide his stupidity. I'm glad you think it has nothing to do with Zuma. Then who's fault is it TODAY that SA's education is a joke?

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2013-01-03 05:22

      So you deprive someone of education opportunity, and when he make a plan by teaching himself how to read and write, buying a Zulu and English magazines so he can understand politics, and when he succeed in doing that, you want to remind us of his formal education, at least he did something so he can understand you and your culture,what have you done, do you understand any of african language, so you can understand them better, give the man a break and contribute in the building of this country

  • patrick.pitjeng - 2013-01-03 04:11

    If 30% on a report card was considered a pass 10 years ago, we would have had abt 90% pass rate

  • vandal.svz - 2013-01-03 04:23

    Nothing to be proud of!!!

  • jaco.holtzhausen - 2013-01-03 05:01

    30% pass rate? My cat can pass matric nowadays.

  • RiD123 - 2013-01-03 05:24

    thats why nobody can tell the difference between "then" and "than" these days...nd mst f dem tawk lyk dis cS itS EaZyer!

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2013-01-03 05:30

    how can any1 trust any stats that this government releases? they are 2 corrupt!

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2013-01-03 05:33

    it is amazing that when they get to varsity, they can read or write. its then when the toi, toi and get a free pass rate!

  • butch.mollett - 2013-01-03 05:46

    How is it possible that after all that Zimbabwe has gone through in the past Decade they still have the highest literacy rate in Africa. No wonder the Zimbabweans are always first choice applicants for any job in South Africa as well as the rest of Africa.......something is really wrong with this picture ??? our corrupt leadership should focus on educating our youth instead of conning them to believe that they have done well, in a desperate bid to keep the population "dumb" in order to win votes, in the rural areas where education is needed most . The provincial results speak volumes to those of us who were fortunate to have recieved a decent education in years gone by. Shame on the government you have failed again.

      wayne.strydom - 2013-01-03 06:01

      And now there's a moratorium on employing HIGHLY qualified Zimbabwean teachers in SA schools. SADTU has spoken..

      piwa.fihlela - 2013-01-03 06:52

      Mugabe did veri well in education we nid 2 find out what is it da he is doing correctly

  • butch.mollett - 2013-01-03 05:53

    How is it possible that Zimbabwe after all that it has gone through in the past decade still boasts a higher literacy rate thean SA and the rest of Africa,and we continue to "con" the youth by telling them that they have done well . Strange that Zimbabweans are the first choice employees across the board in SA and Africa across all sectors ?? Our government continues to rob us and we continue to pat them on the back ........something wrong with this picture !!!

  • wonder.dila - 2013-01-03 05:54

    In life, you have eternal pessimists a.k.a losers that will always look at the negative of every situation, wasting you time in such lost souls is just that, wasting your time. This are the same fools who were praising the Western Cape results last year because the WC topped the charts, now that it has been trounced by GP, they cry foul. Well done to all the matriculants who made it through and to those who didn't, it's not the end of the world, dusted yourselves up and carry on with the fight to get knowledge to better your lives. - 2013-01-03 07:24

      WC has the highest 'quality' passes. Go look at the facts. Funny how only the WC pass rate dropped.

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2013-01-03 05:54

    Soon sending to Europe will be one of the only solutions, our education system is already one of the lowest in the world. Next year we will again undoubtedly drop the reversed 5% to increase the pass rate again.. Speaking for myself, my kids may be passing but they are definitely NOT well educated.

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2013-01-03 05:58

    And you have eternal fools, do you think our education standard had been classified as one of the worst in the world for fun.. Wake up, its all about quality not quantity..

  • Erna - 2013-01-03 06:18

    How can an education system 'favour females'? Don't boys and girls write the same papers? Maybe they should make the pass rate for boys even lower!

  • attie.tredoux - 2013-01-03 06:40

    some are clearly living in a fools paradise

  • lbrandcarstens - 2013-01-03 06:48

    What does Hlengwa mean when he says that government should to do more for male pupils who had a lower pass rate than their female classmates? He also said male students were being left behind and suggested the education system was favouring females. How is the education system favouring females? Surely if the males worked harder their marks would reflect in higher marks??? - 2013-01-03 07:20

      Its not whether males work harder or not. It's always been that females have achieved higher marks in general. I think you are been unfair on the male students therefore.

      matthew.patrick.925 - 2013-01-03 11:37

      Female students are generally more organised and display more maturity and responsible behaviour than male students and, therefore, generally tend to work a bit harder.

  • lbrandcarstens - 2013-01-03 06:51

    What an idiotic comment!

  • Sakhiwo - 2013-01-03 06:52

    Even Nothern Cape has done better than E.C. tjo iphondo lam!!!

  • piwa.fihlela - 2013-01-03 06:54

    Congratulations 2 da Minister.da focus nw shud be on da quality.if we cn achieve dat we wil be fine

  • Sifiso Fisto Makhalima - 2013-01-03 07:09

    i don't why most people or the province of Eastern Cape got lower results from 2010-2011 and even in 2012 that is like showing a shame on other provinces,for example Limpopo did manage to go on top even though they didn't they have more texts books on their school but Eastern Cape got all the material but still there was no hope for the Province i think Government should do something about this,because it does cost the country and also brings down the Economy.

  • darryl.rebello.90 - 2013-01-03 07:21

    All it means is that 3 out of 4 kids learned at least 1 out of 3 concepts taught to them. This is truly a world class achievement and the government should be congratulated. All the more so because some of the kids achieved this while learning under trees, without textbooks and weary about the teachers raping them...if indeed the teachers came to work and these same kids arrived on time for school. So Angie and her mates should hire a private jet, order the Johnny Walker Black and head overseas for an education junket to explain their winning formula to a world waiting with baited breath...

      darryl.rebello.90 - 2013-01-04 12:08

      I see at least Angie read my comment!!!...but...can she read???

  • andre.engelbrecht.927 - 2013-01-03 07:25

    How can you think this is great. A pass rate of 30 to 35%. What a farce. It should be 50%.

  • gerry.klos - 2013-01-03 07:29

    I has passed metric. I ares very clever. I even know that 1+1 is advanced rithemetic only taut at universiti.

  • peter.jordaan.5 - 2013-01-03 07:41

    Can't trust the results as as usual there is so much massaging and lifting of marks that to read this as an improvement ... nah sorry I can't. Especially if you take into account what went on last year, simply not possible. So where does that leave us as SA with people who can not think for them selves or be given a role in a business where basic common sense can not be applied. So we end up with many school leavers that will be unable to get a job or more importantly keep one. This person becomes one of the hangers on and dependents of the government for hand outs. So we raise the marks for media purposes and rah rah!! And we raise the budget for an additional dependent. Excellent work ANC ....

  • loading123 - 2013-01-03 07:42

    Well yeah, they dropped the bar so it's easier to reach, we'd be going backwards if they achieved the same pass rate. It's a pity my 8y/o son is going to have a matric that's worth the same as my Std5 one day

  • tshivhombelaf - 2013-01-03 07:51

    It is very sad on how we celebrate mediocrity as a nation to score political points. The question is: how many learners qualify to go to the Universities?

  • bob.robertson.3363 - 2013-01-03 08:20

    No wonder we are doing badly in maths. We can't even get the percentage increase over 2011 right. From 70,2% to 73,9% the increase is just over 5% not 3,7%.

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2013-01-03 09:20

      Ha ha ha ha what maths is that, lol what ever it is. I am cool with my one which is the same as the one used to arrive at 3.7%::::

      matthew.patrick.925 - 2013-01-03 12:23

      Bob, I hate to break it to you but there was an additional 3.7 people per every 100 who wrote that passed in 2012 meaning that 3.7 % more people passed than in 2011. You would be correct in saying that it is the ratio that increased by 5.56% from 2011 to 2012 but it wouldn't apply to the individual percentages of people who passed since the ratios in each year are independent of each other as the number of students who wrote matric in each year were not exactly the same. It is only the ratio that increased by 5.56% and not the pass rate. Also, each year's ratio is a pass rate on it's own and comparing one with another does not give a new pass rate percentage but merely a meaningless comparison of 2 independent percentages, kind of like comparing apples with oranges.

  • abner.mophethe - 2013-01-03 08:42

    i smell a big fat rat

  • carolyn.myburgh - 2013-01-03 10:12

    Has anyone heard what the pass mark was for this year 2012????

  • bob.robertson.3363 - 2013-01-03 10:15

    @ manqoba.zulu.54 An increase of 3,7% on 70,2% gives 72,9% so I rest my case dummy

      manqoba.zulu.54 - 2013-01-03 11:05

      Ha ha ha ha you can call me names but sorry your maths is rubbish: you are breaking all the rules of maths, you just don't add like that,and this is one thing I won't waist my time on.

  • nhlakaniphog1 - 2013-01-03 10:20

    Racists are angry that blacks have passed under ANC government, for them higher pass rate must be reserved for whites after all blacks have lower IQ and natural dumb. Give thump down, I don't care.

      matthew.patrick.925 - 2013-01-03 12:47

      You miss the point. The so-called 'racists' you refer to are concerned that an SA matric qualification, with it's current deficiencies, does not prepare a learner for the job market or for varsity which adds to unemployment and results in fewer competent people to steer the country and the economy.

      matthew.patrick.925 - 2013-01-03 12:55

      My point is that the issue is not whether or not more Black, White, Indian or Coloured pass, but what skills they've had to master in order to now go and enter the job market economy. A mass shortage of skills will inevitably result in more people being hired into occupations for which they lack competency.

  • john.morovonyovo - 2013-01-03 10:21

    well done Gauteng, sorry DA

  • angie.smith.560 - 2013-01-03 10:23

    Dear South Africans, 40% and 30% are NOT PASS MARKS!!! If the pass mark was 50% then the pass rate would be way less than 73%. The only pass mark that matters is the mark that's going to get you into varsity, since the only job that's going to make a difference is the one with a degree. Who's going to get into varsity with 40% and 30%? Bantu education is still rife...

  • nsovo.nkuna.399 - 2013-01-03 11:18

    now give them jobs

      matthew.patrick.925 - 2013-01-03 12:38

      Unfortunately, most matriculants are unemployable, thanks to the low standard of knowledge and skills gained. Most barely know how to, for example, access Excel or Word (let alone use them correctly), use a calculator, draw up a household budget, give someone correct change, file in alphabetical order, or organise stock items in a systematic fashion, etc. Even domestic workers and gardeners need some experience and references before someone will hire them. Unfortunate, yes, but it's the sad reality of seeking employment.

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2013-01-03 11:44

    @ Nhlakani, ha,ha grow up. Not everything our a race issue. What we are actually saying in simple language is you actually need deserve to pass.. Got it?

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