Is our education SYSTEM ON THE RIGHT TRACK?
Experts warn that it's too early to celebrate the current matric results as there is still a lot of work to be done
JUST like with most things in life, there’s a flip side to this year’s matric results, even though 78,2% is the highest pass rate the country has achieved in the last 25 years of democracy. CEO of the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools, Paul Colditz, says that there is still a lot that needs to be done before we can celebrate our matric results as there are a number of students who simply disappear in the education system.
THE GOOD AND THE BAD
Basic Education minister, Angie Motshekga, recently announced a national pass rate of 78,2% in last year’s National Senior Certificate examinations, a 3,1% increase from 2017.
According to the Democratic Alliance MP Shadow Minister of Basic Education, Nomsa Marchesi’s statement, Minister Motshekga failed to mention that almost half of the pupils who registered for Grade 1 in 2007 didn’t make it to matric.
“You cannot have a group of learners get in the system in 2007 and only 50% of them have written the matric examination. That is our biggest concern.”
Paul adds that one of the reasons why we have a large number of school dropouts is that the country’s education system is still failing pupils in the early stages of schooling.
The EFF was also not ready to celebrate just yet as it believes the 78,2% pass rate is not realistic.
“In 2007, over a million learners were enrolled in Grade 1, if one considers that there were only over 700 000 learners enrolled to write matric exams in 2018. It means that 32% of the learners registered in Grade 1 in 2007, have either dropped out, failed or went to a FET colleges, meaning that any overall pass rate of 78% is misleading and unable to account for the other 32% learners that should have written matric exams in 2018," said a statement by EFF.
THERE IS STILL A LOT THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE