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.