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Section 27: SA education is in crisis

NGO Section 27 says the education crisis in SA won’t be solved anytime soon.

NGO Section 27 says the education crisis in SA won’t be solved anytime soon, blaming the Basic Education Dept.

JOHANNESBURG - On the eve of the release of the matric pass-rate, non-government organisation Section 27 is warning the education crisis in South Africa will not be solved anytime soon, due to the lack of accountability in the Basic Education Department.

The organisation's Nikki Stein says although no one person can be blamed for the poor quality of education, the buck stops with Minister Angie Motshekga.

She says the solution to the problems plaguing the department would be to start acknowledging that teacher training and school infrastructure is in a state of complete disarray.

Stein says until someone is held accountable, the department will fail to deliver on its obligations.

"If we start to deal with those basic building blocks; communication, responsiveness, accountability and getting the correct data, I think that what will follow is that we can address the symptoms like textbook delivery etc."

The minister will announce the national matric pass rate on Monday evening and results will be published on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile the national matric pass rate is expected to highlight the performance disparities between public and private schools upon its release.

The National Senior Certificate pass rate improved from 62.6 percent in 2008 to 73.9 percent last year.

The results of more than 500,000 full-time and over 130,000 part time registered matriculants will be published online and in print media on Tuesday morning.

Basic Education Department Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says pupils who want more information should contact the department's call centre or visit their examination centres.