Nerves aplenty as WC matrics get ready for results

Aaron Brown
January 6, 2018

In a statement, Schäfer said that while there is a tendency to focus exclusively on the provincial pass rate - which is an important indicator - other important indicators of success also needed to be taken into consideration to determine if the system is ultimately improving or where it needs to be improved.

While 1.19-million learners were enrolled for Grade 1 in 2006, the number of those who sat for the matric exams past year was 651 707, meaning that 533, 491 had dropped out along the way, the Nehawu secretariat said in a statement.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced that the matric pass rate for 2017 was 75.1%, up from 72.5% in 2016.

"The "real" pass rates for each province highlights a dire situation which means that learners will not be able to enter post-school education or job market this year".

In third place is the Western Cape which achieved 82.7%‚ down from 85.9% in 2016 and dropping from second place past year.

KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape, North West and Mpumalanga achieved above 70%.

More than 78 percent of the school's learners achieved bachelors passes and the top learner managed to obtain an 93 percent average.

The top two top performing provinces are in Free State namely Fezile Dabi which got 90.2% and Thabo Mafutsanyana with 90%.

The wait for Western Cape matrics is finally over.

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"It is unfair to compare learners with massive access to resources and support with those who lack such access and support both at school and at home", the SACP said.

The department introduced progression policy in 2013 as a special dispensation to encourage provinces to pass or condone over-aged learners or those who repeated Grade 11 a couple of times to write NSC examinations.

Of the 2 777 learners with special education needs, wrote 2017 NSC examinations, 906 and 789 of these learners achieved Bachelor and Diploma passes, respectively.

"We are deeply concerned by the truly shocking dropout figures that put the real matric pass rate at 37.3%, when the pass rate is calculated from the Grade 10 class of 2015 who then passed their final school exams in 2017. For the Class of 2017, we had 107 430 registered progressed learners". Most no-fee schools are in rural and township schools. She said 51.5% of the candidates, who wrote the 2017 NSC examinations, come from the three provinces.

"Consequently, in 2017 we saw the second largest number of progressed learners since the policy was promulgated in 2013. It shows that our system has gelled now, it shows that our parental support, our teacher support and the principal support in the schools including our own support as the department to schools is beginning to deliver results", he said.

Registration can be done at either the school or district office in the province.

Marchesi said that the numbers were a cause for serious concern, rather than celebration.

She said the NSC results are very crucial because they serve as the barometer to assess progress government made in improving access, redress, equity, efficiency, and the quality of teaching and learning outcomes.

Basil Manuel of the National Professional Teachers' Organisation said the improvement was credible even though there were things that needed to be improved.

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