‘Don’t use schools as leverage in protest action’
THE MINISTER of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, has implored the communities of the Northern Cape from using schools as bargaining chips in their service delivery protests.
This came after the Province dropped to third last place in the country, obtaining a 73.3% pass rate.
The Gauteng Education Department dominated proceedings at the announcement of the 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC) results on Thursday.
Gauteng pipped the Free State as the best performing province, achieving an 87.9% pass rate, an improvement of 2.8% from 2017. The province also had eight districts in the 10 best performing districts in the country.
In second place was the Free State, obtaining 87.5%, an improvement of 1.4% from 2017. The Western Cape and North West followed, respectively obtaining 81.5% and 81.1% pass rates.
In fifth place was Mpumalanga, improving its 2017 pass rate by 4.2% to obtain 79%. Kwazulu-natal with 76% (3.3% improvement), Northern Cape with 73.3% (2.3% decline) and the Eastern Cape with 70% (5.6% increase), were the other provinces to obtain a 70% and above pass rate.
Limpopo, despite improving its pass rate by 3.8% to 69.4%, was the only province to miss out on the 70% threshold.
For the first time in the NSC results history, the 10 top performing districts in the country were from two provinces, namely Gauteng and the Free State.
The Northern Cape and Western Cape were the only two provinces not to show an improvement in their performances, with the Eastern Cape having the largest performance improvement.
DA spokesperson on Basic Education, Nomsa Marchesi, meanwhile pointed out that while the Department of Basic Education (DBE) celebrated this year’s 78.2% matric pass rate, it had failed dismally to address the large number of learners who don’t write matric in the first place.
“Nearly half the pupils who enrolled in Grade 1 in 2007, didn’t write the full-time matric exams in 2018 as they were expected to.”
She added that the role of the new Multiple Exam Opportunity (MEO) on this year’s marks was also striking. “The Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape all had over 15% of their candidates writing only some of their exams in November 2018, with the rest in May/june next year.”
The party expressed the concern that these candidates would not complete their remaining exams.
“If these learners aren’t finishing their exams, they are just being dropped from the system to inflate provincial pass rates.
“So, not only are learners dropping out or getting stuck before matric, we now have the potential to lose thousands of learners who don’t complete the MEO.”