- South Africans in Grades 7 to 9 who pass everything but maths have been handed a lifeline
- The pass rate has been lowered to 20% to allow learners who battle with the subject to pass their year
- Western Cape Education Department head Brian Schreuder confirmed the new requirement
Students who manage to pass all subjects except for mathematics have been given a helping hand.
Vaal Weekblad reports that the pass rate for students between Grades 7 and 9 will be able to progress to the next level as long as they manage to secure a minimum of 20%.
Commenting on the new national education requirement, Western Cape Education Department head Brian Schreuder said:
“When a learner, specifically those in Grades 7 to 9, has failed mathematics it means they can’t be promoted to another level because mathematics is a compulsory pass subject."
Schreuder says that maths is an issue in South Africa, with the quality and quantity of pass marks posing a massive challenge for students:
“A decision was taken that the group of learners who fail mathematics must not have less than 20% minimum pass mark to be allowed to do mathematics literacy."
Briefly.co.za gathered that the new directive would allow learners to move forward to FETs or Grade 10. For other students, the current pass mark for the subject is 40%.
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