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Education dept to raise matric pass rate

The department says a decision is yet to be taken on how the pass requirements will be adjusted.

FILE: Matric pupils preparing for their final exams at their learning camp in Magaliesberg on 07 October 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department says in two to three years, a matric certificate will be more difficult to achieve.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and her provincial education MECs have agreed that the matric pass rate must be raised.

The department's Elijah Mhlanga says a decision is yet to be taken on how the pass requirements will be adjusted.

Mhlanga says this is to ensure the quality of basic education in the country.

"Both the learners and the teachers have to double their efforts to make sure they get results."

The ministerial task team appointed to evaluate the National Senior Certificate recommended that the pass rate be adjusted.

Currently, to obtain a matric certificate, pupils must pass six out of seven subjects, three with at least 40 percent and the others with at least 30 percent.

Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) has lashed out at the department for deciding to continue publishing matric results.

The department announced on Tuesday that the class of 2014's final results will still be published in newspapers but will only reflect pupils' exam and ID numbers, not their names.

It made the decision to omit pupils' names following complaints that the publication of final results infringes on pupils' rights to privacy.

But Cosas argued the whole tradition of publicising results should be scrapped.

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