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Umalusi: The 2015 matric pass rate has dropped

The assurance body says the performance of pupils in maths, science and accounting continues to decline.

FILE: Over 800,000 Grade 12 learners sat for their end-of-year exams nationally. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Quality assurance body Umalusi says this year's matric pass rate has dropped

Over 800,000 grade 12 learners sat for their end-of-year exams nationally.

The results will officially be released next Tuesday.

Umalusi's Professor John Volmink says there are a number of factors that may have contributed to this year's matric results being lower than last year.

"If we exclude the progress learners, the class of 2015 still performed much worse than the class of 2014"

However, Volmink says after studying the results, he's still satisfied.

"Nothing has compromised the integrity and credibility of the examination process."

The assurance body says the performance of pupils in mathematics, science and accounting continues to decline and has called for urgent intervention.

Meanwhile, Umalusi says 26 alleged cases of group copying occurred during the 2015 matric exams.

Incidents have been reported in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

In the latest case, two people were arrested for leaking the life sciences papers in Limpopo.

Volmink says, "In Gauteng - six [cheating incidents were reported], KwaZulu Natal - 12, Limpopo - one, Mpumalanga - seven. Further investigations are underway; and the results from the implicated centres will remain blocked."