Umalusi: The 2015 matric pass rate has dropped
The assurance body says the performance of pupils in maths, science and accounting continues to decline.
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.
#MatricResults Volmink: We can not blame progress learners for the huge drop in 2015, there are a number of distinctions from that group.TK— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) December 30, 2015
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."