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Min­is­ter of ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion, Angie Mot­shekga, may be pleased with the lat­est ma­tric re­sults, which showed a na­tional pass rate of 72.5%, but there are many rea­sons for con­cern. For one, be­tween 40% and 50% of pupils drop out be­fore ma­tric, ac­cord­ing to re­search by ac­tivist group Equal Ed­u­ca­tion. Eigh­teen schools had a 0% pass rate. Of 800 000-odd matrics who wrote the exam, only 33 511 stu­dents ob­tained 60% or more for maths. Of this group, a mere 1 700 stu­dents were black Africans.

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