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'Mediocrity has become the norm in SA'

Education expert Christo Van der Rheede says matrics needs to be praised for their hard work.

FILE IMAGE: Matriculants and their principal at the Edward Phatudi Comprehensive High School in Pretoria. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

CAPE TOWN - An education expert says pupils who pass matric need to be recognised for their achievements.

A ministerial task team established to investigate the quality of the matric senior certificate suggests the names of pupils who pass matric no longer be published in newspapers.

The team has been commissioned by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, following widespread criticism that the matric certificate is being dumbed down.

Grade 12s only needs 30 percent to pass certain subjects.

A report on the quality of the matric certificate was recently handed to Motshekga.

The proposal forms part of a 188-page document.

It's been reported the team believes grade 12 pupils who fail, could harm themselves.

But, education expert Christo Van der Rheede says matrics needs to be praised for their hard work.

"In my opinion there's such a great need amongst our young stars to be inspired by other successful young people. I really feel let down by the recommendation. I think it's time that we start celebrating success in South Africa. Mediocrity has become the norm."

Van der Rheede said the non-publishing of results is no guarantee that it will not lead to embarrassment. If pupil fails, it will be an embarrassment whether their name is in the newspaper or not.

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