Around half the learners enrolled in grade 1 in 2003 made it to matric

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While the country largely celebrates the 75.8% matric pass rate, the more concerning statistic is the half a million learners who dropped out of school before reaching matric: 

- In 2003, 1.1 million children were enrolled in grade 1.
- Of those 1.1 million learners, only 530 000 made it to matric.
- From the pool of 530 000 learners who reached matric, only 400 000 of those learners passed their matric exams. (Those 400 000 make up the 75.8% pass rate.)
- Further to this, only 150 000 learners passed with bachelor passes, allowing them access to a university education.

Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath speaks to education economist Nicholas Spaull. Watch.



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