Matric quality draft report submitted

The task team was set up after accusations the National Senior Certificate was being “dumbed down”.

FILE: A ministerial task team was set up to investigate the quality of the National Senior Certificate. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A ministerial task team set up to investigate the quality of the National Senior Certificate on Friday said it submitted a draft report of its findings.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga commissioned the probe, following accusations the certificate was being "dumbed down".

Matric pupils in the country are only expected to achieve a 30 percent pass rate in some subjects.

Motshekga requested the task team investigate where changes needed to be made.

The task team's Professor Brian O'Connell says investigations are often complex.

"It takes some time for [the investigation] to get to its final form before it is ready to be put through the ministerial processes. Then there will be a discourse around it."

More than 700,000 pupils wrote matric exams last year.

The pass rate for 2013 was 78,2 percent.