'Low quality' matric results sparks concern
Bachelor degree passes and the percentage of maths and science passes declined.
CAPE TOWN - The Progressive Principals Association (PPA) says it's worried about the quality of the 2014 national matric results, especially at less privileged schools.
Not only did the pass rate drop by 2.4 percentage points nationally, Bachelor degree passes and the percentage of maths and science passes also declined.
The association took the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to the High Court last year over what it calls government's failure to protect and fulfill every child's constitutional right to basic education due to a dysfunctional public schooling system. Judgement in the case has been reserved.
PPA President Riyaadh Najaar says improving the quality of matric passes starts with building a strong foundation through early childhood development and throughout primary school.
"If we are serious about getting our country's standards up, we need to start at the bottom with vigour and commitment."
In court papers, the association highlights the importance of early childhood development to prepare children for school, and teaching in mother tongue languages at least in the foundation phase.
Gauteng was the best performing province with a pass rate of 84.7 percent, followed by the North West in second with 84.6 percent.
KwaZulu-Natal saw the largest decline in the pass rate with a drop of 7.7 percentage points. The province got a 69.7 percent pass rate, down from 77.4 percent in 2013.
Motshekga on Monday said the drop in the national pass rate could not be attributed to grade 11s who were promoted to matric without passing the grade.
"We were tracking what the impact of that policy was and it's encouraging that some of the learners who failed grade 11 attained a national senior certificate and some even attained a bachelor pass."
She maintains this system is not unique to South Africa.
"The phenomena of progressing learners who have not met the requirements is not unique to our country."
More than 700,000 students wrote the final exams and 551 schools received 100 percent matric pass rates.
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
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