DA Asserts Matric Pass Rate Is over 30% Lower Than Announced

DA Asserts Matric Pass Rate Is over 30% Lower Than Announced

- The Democratic Alliance has challenged the matric pass rate announced by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

- The DA believes that the 76.2% pass rate is incorrect but the pass rate was around 44.1% instead

- The DA also made claims about a few core subjects that they believe declined by 10%

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced a 5.1% decrease in the 2020 Matric results on Monday. The class of 2020 had a pass rate of 76.2% as compared to the class of 2019's 81.3% pass rate.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has now made claims that the pass rate is much lower than the announced 76.2%. According to the party, the 'real' pass rate is 44.1%. The DA listed a few subjects that they believe declined by 10% as well.

The DA noted that the pass rate was 'disappointing' and described it as indicative of the nature of the 2020 academic year.

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DA claims matric pass rate is over 30% lower than announced

The DA has claimed that Minister Angie Motshkega's matric pass rate announcement is over 30% higher than the 'real' pass rate. Image: Jaco Marais/Foto24/Gallo Images and Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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Business Tech reported that the DA had criticised quite a few things about the education sector. From the 'overburdened' curriculum to the lack of infrastructure and 'inadequate' support for teachers.

A report by The South African stated that the party wants the government to engage with stakeholders, urgently. They want failures in the education sector to be addressed to avoid a plummet in the matric pass rate.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Free State had achieved the highest matric pass rate in the country. On Monday, 22 February, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the National Senior Certificate results for the class of 2020.

She revealed the 2020 pass rate dropped by 5.1% from the previous year - a statistic many people believed to be a feat considering the difficult year pupils had to endure.

Coming out on top was the Free State, with an impressive pass rate of 85.1%. The province was followed by Gauteng (83.3%) and the Western Cape (79.9%).

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The Northern Cape came in last with a pass rate of 66%, Briefly.co.za learned. Social media user, @MpumiGqoks, commented:

"Congratulations to every one that passed. Awww Free State we see you."

Twitter user, @repentantGemini, added:

"Haaaaaaak Free state."

Another tweep, @TendayiZinyama, wrote:

"Free State Ace(d ) it."

@Max_SMMO added:

"Free State is Manchester City."

@nkosanap wrote:

"The country must just be renamed the Free State. The province giving leadership again."

@Touchmak_SA responded with:

"FFS TOPS AGAIN. Hantle Sothos are genius more than any one in SA and still they don't brag."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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