- Following criticism over the alleged reduction of mathematics pass rates being lowered, the Department of Education has denied the motion
- The department dubbed the original comments made by a senior official as 'fake news'
- The current pass rates for South African students will apparently remain unchanged
The Department of Basic Education has denied that the pass rate for mathematics has been lowered to 20% for those only struggling with that subject.
Briefly.co.za reported that Western Cape Education Department head Brian Schreuder had confirmed the change to Vaal Weekblad.
Nevertheless, the department has issued a scathing statement denouncing reports on the matter:
“The articles, with the false reports, have appeared in various news platforms. There is no change to the minimum pass requirements for mathematics in grade 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. Some people have seemingly fallen victim to this fake news, accusing the department of having reduced the ‘pass mark for mathematics to 20%’. This could not be further from the truth."
The department further urged the public to seek out information on policy changes from official sources to eliminate confusion and panic amongst parents and learners:
“South Africans are urged to refrain from sharing incorrect and misleading content that causes confusion and panic, especially among parents and learners alike."
The South African reports that the National Education Policy Act dictates the minister would need to consult with the Council Education Ministers before any changes can be made to the existing policy.
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