Par­ties slam govt for mis­lead­ing ma­tric pass rate

Weekend Witness - - News -

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.”

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