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Report on matric quality due soon

A task team probing the quality of matric education is expected to submit a draft report soon.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced on Monday that 78,2 percent of grade 12 learners passed the National Senior Certificate exams in 2013. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The ministerial task team established to investigate the quality of matric education says it will soon be submitting a draft report on its findings.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga appointed the team in 2013 following widespread criticism of the 2012 matric pass mark.

Some subjects only demand a 30 percent pass mark.

Motshekga's task team will be working against the clock to submit some of its findings in March.

The team, which is being chaired by the Vice Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape (UWC) Brian O' Connell, will be meeting later this month to start work on a draft report.

O'Connell is confident the recommendations will help improve the overall quality of education in attaining the National Senior Certificate.

"It will also explain why things are what they are and why they will remain what they are. We can do some incredible things to improve the quality of education in our country."

More than 700,000 people wrote their matric exams last year, with a pass rate of 78.2 percent.

FOUNDATION PHASE

Western Cape Education Department officials say a solid foundation phase of schooling is imperative to reap good matric results.

MEC Donald Grant visited several schools in impoverished suburbs in the province on Tuesday.

Many schools in so-called problem areas improved overall percentage pass rates by as much as five percent.

Grant says there will be an even bigger focus on primary schools this year, as learning and teaching of young learners ensures better results in high school.

"It starts in the foundation phase. We're going to continue our work in our under-performing primary schools this year, we've identified 96 across the province. Last year I went to over 50 of them. I will get to as many as I can before May."