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Fit for purpose? Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga at the announcement of the matric results for 2022.
Fit for purpose? Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga at the announcement of the matric results for 2022.
Rosetta Msimango

The 80% matric pass rate is a meaningless number that only serves to inflate the egos of politicians - it tells us nothing about the thousands of children who dropped out of school, writes Adriaan Basson.

Another year, another celebration of a meaningless number that adds no value to our education system except making a few politicians look good on stage.

Let's be clear: the so-called matric "pass rate" of 80.1% is a farcical, meaningless number made up by the basic education department that masks the deep and structural issues in our schools.

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