Steps taken to im­prove ma­tric re­sults

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Aretha Lin­den

DE­SPITE not com­mit­ting them­selves to a pass percentage for this year’s matrics, Eastern Cape ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment bosses are adamant they have done enough to en­sure the prov­ince does not come last when the re­sults are an­nounced in Jan­uary.

One of the depart­ment’s re­cent at­tempts to im­prove the ma­tric pass rate in­cludes a week-long Spring class this month at the cost of just more than R8-mil­lion.

The Eastern Cape has lan­guished at the bot­tom of pro­vin­cial ma­tric re­sults for seven years.

In 2013, the Eastern Cape scored 64% and was the only prov­ince to achieve un­der 70%.

Last year’s matrics scored a 59.3% pass rate in the prov­ince, mak­ing it the only prov­ince to achieve un­der 60%.

Ed­u­ca­tion deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral Ray Ty­wakadi said that this year the depart­ment had de­cided not to com­mit to a pass rate but to fo­cus on pro­vid­ing the nec­es­sary sup­port and re­sources to matrics.

“We do not want to ex­ert un­nec­es­sary pres­sure on the ma­tric­u­lants by putting out an ex­pected pass rate,” he said.

“We opted to in­vest and of­fer them all the sup­port and re­sources they need for the prov­ince not to come last.” The Spring school took place from Oc­to­ber 2 to 6 for clus­ter B schools, where spe­cial fo­cus was given to maths and sci­ence pupils.

Clus­ter B schools in­clude schools in ar­eas such as East Lon­don, King Williams’ Town, Uiten­hage and Gra­ham­stown.

The depart­ment said the R8-mil­lion had gone to­wards pay­ing for tu­tors, ac­com­mo­da­tion, cater­ing, trans­port and se­cu­rity.

Pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion spokesman Mal­i­bongwe Mtima said this was the first time the depart­ment had taken ini­tia­tives such as tu­tor­ing the pupils to im­prove the ma­tric pass rate.

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