Parties slam govt for misleading matric pass rate
OPPOSITION parties have criticised the government for failing to tell the country the real truth about the 2018 matric pass rate.
The DA, IFP and the FF Plus all said the pass rate was not the more than 70% revealed by Minister Angie Motshekga, but rather 37,6% — if the numbers included 2016 Grade 10s who actually passed matric in 2018.
The DA said that more than half of these Grade 10s didn’t write matric in the expected timeframe.
In KZN, 243 935 pupils were in Grade 10 in 2016, but only 116 152 of them wrote matric in 2018.
Dr Rishigen Viranna, of the DA, said of the roughly 250 000 pupils who began Grade 1 in 2007, only 157 000 wrote matric last year.
He also expressed concern about the high number of progressed pupils country-wide.
The IFP added that it would be remiss to “forget about the prevailing realities confronting our education system”.
In a statement, the party said pupils and teachers “toil against difficult odds ranging from a lack of Internet and technological advances, lack of access to electricity and water, no libraries or laboratories and a general norm of dilapidated infrastructure ... Previously disadvantaged schools remain presently disadvantaged”.
FF Plus Youth leader Tammy Wessels said: “According to an international study, 78% of Grade 4 learners cannot read properly. That points to a failing education system.”
The United Democratic Front in KZN, meanwhile, was disappointed that KZN was only sixth in the overall standings nationally.
— Weekend Witness Reporter.
“Previously disadvantaged schools remain presently disadvantaged.”