Johannesburg - The Department of Basic Education's policy to promote more than 100 000 failed learners has borne fruit, Minister Angie Motshekga said on Wednesday.
The 2016 matric pass rate, including the results of the progressed pupils, increased to 72.5%, which was 1.8 percentage points more than last year’s rate of 70.7%.
Progressed pupils are those who fail Grade 11 for two consecutive years and are then automatically promoted to matric.
Motshekga said attention had been given to providing academic support for these pupils during the year.
“As a result in 2016 we saw the largest number of progressed learners since the promulgation of the policy. Failing learners does not help them. We need to instead support them in areas of weakness.”
Of the progressed pupils, over 3 000 got bachelor’s degree passes.
“The significance of this achievement is that these learners would be high school dropouts if they had not been supported,” she said.