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Sat Jul 30 17:06:14 SAST 2016

Eastern Cape matrics already at bottom - sink further

Lee-Anne Butler | 06 January, 2016 15:45
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. File photo
Image by: Esa Alexander

Just more than half of the matrics in the Eastern Cape managed to pass their final exams‚ with the province recording a dismal 56.8% pass rate – its lowest in six years.

This is an 8.6 percentage point drop from the previous year and leaves the province at the bottom of the class once again.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga made the 2015 National Senior Certificate Examination Results announcement at Vodacom World in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The sharp decline in the Eastern Cape’s results sparked a call from the DA for Education MEC Mandla Makapula to quit. Nationally‚ 70.7% of the 799 306 pupils who wrote the exams passed.

This is down five percentage points from the Class of 2014 and Motshekga blamed the Eastern Cape‚ Limpopo and KwaZulu- Natal for the drop.

“Clearly‚ we must pay particular attention to KwaZulu-Natal‚ Limpopo and the Eastern Cape if we want to improve the overall picture. If we don’t do this‚ our basic education outputs and outcomes may not improve to the extent necessary.”

Eight districts performed below 50% – seven in the Eastern Cape and one in KwaZulu-Natal. The Eastern Cape’s 56.8% pass rate is well below the provincial Department of Education’s 70% target. Instead‚ it has dropped to the lowest pass rate in the province since the 51% achieved in 2009.

- The Herald/TMG Digital

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