Motshekga disappointed at 2.4% drop in matric pass rate

The Basic Education minister says she hopes the supplementary exams will push up the percentage.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the national and provincial matric pass rates in Auckland park in Johannesburg on 5 January 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has expressed disappointment at the drop in the matric pass rate, saying she hopes the supplementary exams will push up the percentage.

75.8 percent of matriculants passed their final year of school in 2014, a drop of 2.4 percentage points from 2013 results.

Education experts had predicted a drop, saying it was largely due to the implementation of the new Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) curriculum.

Motshekga announced the 2014 matric pass rate on Monday evening.

"The national pass rate of the class of 2014 is 75.8 percent and sadly has a drop of [2.4] percentage point."

The minister says she was disappointed but hopes that pupils who failed will write the supplementary exams, in an attempt to push up the pass rate.

She has, however, defended the new curriculum.

"The implementation of CAPS might have caused instability to the extent of distress in some subjects but the benefits of it, we believe, in the long term, will outlive our generation of leaders and managers in the sector."

Meanwhile, the University of South Africa (Unisa)'s Dean of Education, Professor Veronica McKay, says the 75.8 percent pass rate is more realistic than last year.

She says Motshekga was able to explain the 2.4 percentage point drop.

"It's a much more realistic number this year and I think that the minister was able to explain the drop."

McKay says the disappointing results from KwaZulu-Natal also contributed to the drop in the pass rate, saying that particular province makes up a quarter of the learners in South Africa.

"The performance in KwaZulu-Natal did affect the national figure. One expected that there would be a drop on the final figure."

She says despite the circumstances of the new CAPS curriculum and the introduction of a compulsory third Maths paper, she is pleased with the result.

RESULTS BY PROVINCE:

Gauteng 84.7 percent

North West 84.6 percent

Free State 82.8 percent

Western Cape 82.2 percent

Mpumalanga 79 percent

Northern Cape 76.4 percent

Limpopo 72.9 percent

KwaZulu-Natal 69.7 percent

Eastern Cape 65.4 percent

Pupils can access their matric results from this morning by either looking online, collecting them from their schools or looking them up in newspapers.

To access your personal results when they are released tomorrow go to EWN's Matric portal.