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Sat Jun 25 00:01:40 CAT 2016

3 Gauteng schools with 0% matric pass rates in hot water

Lizeka Tandwa | 07 January, 2016 18:23
Once the schools have been closed, the department said it would place learners from these schools in ordinary public schools with the consent of their parents. File photo
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Three schools which recorded 0% pass rates will have to give reasons why their registration should not be withdrawn by the Gauteng Department of Education.

The department said nine independent schools performed below a pass rate of 40%. Three of these had a 0% pass rate. The department said they would ensure that these schools accounted for their poor performances.

"The schools will be required to make representation to the department head Edward Mosuwe as to why their registration should not be withdrawn within 30 days. The HOD will then make a decision based on these representations whether to close the school or not," the statement reads.

Once the schools have been closed, the department said it would place learners from these schools in ordinary public schools with the consent of their parents.

The statement said no public secondary school had obtained a pass rate of less than 50% in the 2015 exams.

"Underperformance is one of the grounds on which the registration of Independent Schools can be withdrawn," the department said.

Depending on the extent of the underperformance, the department said they might take a decision to review the management structure of a school in line with Section 58B of the South African Schools Act, which requires Accounting Officers to manage underperformance of schools.

The province had recorded a pass rate of 84.22% in the Grade 12 examinations, compared to 84.69% in 2014.

Source News 24

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