Matric pass rates expected to hit 80%: Free State top province

Matric pass rates expected to hit 80%: Free State top province

- The matric pass rate for last year is expected to rise above 80% for the first time

- The Free State has reportedly unseated Gauteng for the highest pass rates on a provincial level

- Between the system maturing, a boost in infrastructure and extra schooling for learners, SA seems to be on the right track

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Minister Angie Motshekga is reportedly about to announce matric pass rates hitting a new high.

City Press reports that the rates are expected to be over 80% for the first time, according to the Basic Education Department.

The provinces who secured the highest numbers of matriculants are as follows:

1. Free State

2. Gauteng

3. North West

4. Western Cape

Many feel the improvements are due to the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement maturing as well as holiday schools and a boost in infrastructure.

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News24 reports that a source within the department confirmed that the system is seeing improvements in results:

“The biggest thing is that the department needs to account for the increase in terms of performance across the board. If we aren’t able to do that, people will accuse us of cooking the results. The department has done what it said it would do – identified weaknesses in the system, addressed them and made sure that teaching and learning take place.”

Education expert Mary Metcalfe warns that the increase was to be expected, but that it isn't an indication of the system's performance overall:

“There’s no reason to expect a marked change from that pattern. This figure, however, tells us little about the overall performance of the system. It tells us that 80% or so of the pupils who reached Grade 12 [which is only 60% of the pupils who start school] passed. We must remember that this is only 37% of those who started the journey."

Last year, South Africa recorded a pass rate of 78.2% and while this is only 1.8% lower than 2019's results breaking through the ceiling has left the department feeling accomplished.

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