- The Democratic Alliance has slammed the announced matric pass rate as lies
- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that the class of 2019 managed to secure a 81.3% pass rate
- But the opposition party insists that the real statistics are far less flattering
The Democratic Alliance has called Minister Angie Motshekga out for what they feel is an incorrect pass rate.
The opposition party released a statement following the official announcement, commenting that:
“Whilst Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and the Department of Education are celebrating an all-time high matric pass rate of 81.3%, the Democratic Alliance can reveal that the real pass rate is in fact 38.9%.”
Briefly.co.za reported that the current official results were the highest achieved since the inception of democracy in South Africa.
The DA's Nomsa Marchesi claimed that over 1 million students had enrolled in Grade 10 two years ago in 2017, but only 409 906 managed to pass matric in 2019:
“This means only 38.9% of Grade 10 learners actually wrote and passed matric. This is for the most part, due to an extraordinarily high drop-out rate, which means that hundreds of thousands of learners are denied the chance to write matric, let alone pass it."
The party's Basic Education representative insists that this is a sign of a failing system, not the functional and even successful one the state is attempting to portray:
“The DA-led Western Cape is the province with the lowest drop-out rate (33.4%) and therefore the highest real pass rate, standing at 54.8%. The slow poison of drop-out rates between Grades 10 and 12 is eating away at the future of the youth of this country."
This has become something of an annual ritual for the opposition party, now led by John Steenhuisen.
In 2019, Marchesi had reiterated calls for an investigation into the exclusion of struggling students:
"The DA has repeatedly called for a national investigation into ‘culling’, but Minister Angie Motshekga is not concerned."
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