70.2% of the matriculants who took the 2011 National Senior Certificate examinations at South Africa’s state schools were successful and succeeded in passing their examinations. This is a 2.4 percentage point improvement as compared with the previous year’s pass rate of 67.8%.
“I am very happy to announce the fact that the national pass rate for the Class of 2011 is 70.2%,” Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga stated explaining the improvement as encouraging. “South Africa congratulates the Class of 2011.”
In total, 496 090 candidates chose to sit for thier matric exams in 2011, in comparison with 537 543 candidates in 2010, at the same time 80 116 part-time students additionally wrote their examinations.
24.3% of Grade 12 students qualified for Bachelors’ studies. This is an incremental improvement from the previous year, when the figure was 23.5%. An overall number of 104 033 matrics successfully passed mathematics in addition to a further 96 441 passing physical science.
Change for the better in science but dilemma over maths
The department was basically satisfied with the much better general performance in science, whilst continuing to be concerned with the total number of passes in maths, 46.3% in comparison with 2010’s 47.4%.
Motshekga pointed out that the department would undoubtedly concentrate on an approach to boost the pass rate in science and maths in 2012. From the results, there was clearly a decline in the pass rate for economics, resulting from learners having trouble with questions based on modern day economic problems.
The department is furthermore likely to give attention to boosting the involvement of female students and assisting schools to further improve pupils’ subject choices by working with partners from the private sector.
Out of all South Africa’s nine provinces, the Western Cape registered the highest pass rate in 2011, at 82.9%, followed by Gauteng at 81.1%. The Eastern Cape experienced the worst pass rate with 58.1%.
Still a considerable way to go
The minister recognized that there was still a considerable way to go in order to eliminate inequity, as well as that the outcomes of the 2011 Annual National Assessments (ANA) were definitely in most cases unfavourable.
She pointed out that the department understood exactly where the problems were and would undoubtedly refine the ANA.
Pupils in grades 1 to 6 and grade 9 are going to write the 2012 ANA in September, with the national ANA final results are going to be released in December.
“We congratulate the Class of 2011 for a job well done, especially those who performed remarkably well,” Motshekga said. “A number of of you may very well be disappointed with your final results. There are numerous alternatives accessible to you to enhance your results. Repeat the process, don’t give up now.”
The examinations were incident-free and proceeded without substantial problems. “This demonstrates the maturity of our examination system,” Motshekga said.
The department’s director-general, Bobby Soobrayan, explained how the final results were proof of intervention programmes unveiled by the department.
“This is evidence of a maturing system; teachers have come to grips with the curriculum,” Soobrayan said.
“The Class of 2011 ended up being smaller in comparison with the Class of 2010, which in turn indicates that it is a system trying to find an equilibrium,” Soobrayan added.