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Celebrations and concern over the Class of 2013 Matric results

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announces the 2013 matric results
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announces the 2013 matric results

 

While many students from Class of 2013 are celebrating the release of the latest matric pass rates, many individuals in the eduction sector are asking numerous questions about the quality of the matric results and about the dropout rate of students. There are also questions about the number of students achieving university exemptions.

Basic Eductaion Minister Angie Motshekga announced that the national pass rate for the class of 2013 is 78.2 percent, a rise of 4.3 percent from 2012.

Since the dawn of democracy 20 years ago, the matric pass rate has improved especially over the lat 4 years with a 20 percent increase. President Jacob Zuma described the students from the 2013 class as the ‘best matric class’ since the abolishment of Apartheid.

Zuma reiterated that education has been and will continue to be one of the key government priorities. Motshekga stated that the recent matric results are proof that the education system in South Africa is improving and that it was time to reap the benefits of the hard work of the government and education department.

What is encouraging from the results is that schools from disadvantaged areas showed a dramatic improvement and progress. Western Cape MEC Donald Grant is overjoyed with the province’s results and that the results exceeded the department’s target and expectations. The Western Cape pass rate increased from 82.8 percent to 85.1 percent. Not only to overall pass rate improve in the Western Cape but also the quality of the pass rates. Of the 40,000+ students who passed matric in the Western Cape, 19477 qualified for a Bachelors Degrees.

 

Concern for SA Education System

There are numerous individuals, education experts, and opposition parties who are still skeptical wight eh recent results and have raised may questions about the credibility of the recent results.

The main over all concerns pertain to the quality of the pass rate, especially when it comes to maths and science and the overall number of students who qualified to further their education and training. There is also a major concern over the number of students who dropped out of school and failed to write their matric exams.

A professor from the University of South Africa’s College of Education, Vuyisile Msile, stated that he is aware that not all students want to enter into the fields of engineering, medicine or finance, however, maths and science still remain crucial. Even though the pass rate for maths and science are showing signs of improvement,  there is still a concern as to the number of pupils attempting to write their maths and science exams.

Another concern is the widening gap and correlation between results and discrepancies between poor and well-resourced school and this remains a fundamental challenge for the education system on  whole. Equal Education spoke out and aired their views about the dropout rate of students across the country.
There were also issues raised by Equal Education with regard to the quality of teaching, basic services at schools and the delivery of textbooks and learning material, which continues to be a crucial issue to be dealt with.

Cope leader,  Mosiuoa Lekota,  has described the quality of South African school education as mediocre and stated that the current leadership of country ‘ is way out its depth and have absolutely no qualms about celebrating mediocrity. Many of the students who have supposedly passed matric will battle to find employment or gain admission to a tertiary institution.”

Over the past few years, South Africa productivity has steadily declined and can be directly attributed to quality of education offered across the country and the high level of unemployment  was a by product of the dismal education system according to Lekota.

Overall, there were more than 700,000 students who wrote the final exams in 2013 and 551 schools were able to achieve a 100 percent pass rate. there were over 67,000 distinctions in 12 main subject areas and the number of students who qualified for a bachelor’s degree increased to 30.6 percent.

Source: sanews.gov.za, news24.com, ewn.co.za,

Toyota rewards top matric student with a brand new car

Calvin Mawere of Bushbuckridge High School receives brand new car from Toyota for his exceptional matric  results
Calvin Mawere of Bushbuckridge High School receives brand new car from Toyota for his exceptional matric results

 

Mpumalanga’s star matric pupil has been honored for his exceptional final results and was given a brand new car for his efforts from Toyota South Africa.

Calvin Mawere attended Bushbuckridge High School and is ranked among the list of top 10 high achievers in the country and attained 8 distinctions in all of his subjects that he wrote.

After receiving his brand new Toyota Etios 1.5 XI from Toyota’s national sales manager, Kenneth Braye, he was stated that he was “overwhelmed and can’t think straight at the moment. I really can’t believe I have won a car. I feel like I am dreaming and this will probably take some time to sink in.”

Considering the fact that he is only 17 at the present time and does not have a drivers license, he will only legally have the ability to drive after his 18th birthday in June. In addition to the the car, Calvin also was given a fridge, microwave, two laptops, an iPad, smartphone, tablet computer, a travel bag and a Russel Hobbs clothing iron, amongst others.

Throughout his exam preparation he understood that failing Grade 12 was not an option and he thanked his parents for his achievement who had been by his side all the way through his days of preparing for his final exams.

Calvin felt that it would have been disheartening to fail Physical Science given the fact that his teacher was his father while his mother, who studies accounting via correspondence with the University of South Africa, also helped him with his studies.

Calvin obtained eight distinctions for Sepedi, Accounting, Physical Science, Agricultural Science, Life Orientation, English, Life Sciences and Mathematics.

Calvin is seeking to continue with his education in the field of science and medicine at Wits University this year. For his good results and achievements he has already been promised and offered numerous of bursaries from a variety of companies. He stated that he first needed to seek advice from his parents before coming to a decision as to which bursary to take.

Other pupils who made it through to Mpumalanga’s Top 10 Matrics include Michelle Janse van Rensburg from Hoerskool Ermelo; Vicky Tressal and Johan Erasmus from Hoer Tegniese Skool Middelburg; Eric Moloko from Mphanama Secondary School in Mhluzi, Middelburg; Siyabonga Ntuli from Allendale Secondary School; Hendrik Botha from Hoerskool Piet Retief; Edward Engelbrecht from Hoerskool Secunda; Frans Sipho from Hlabangamehlo Secondary School and Wandile Manana from Amadlelo-aluhlaza Secondary School.

The Top Ten Matrics all received bursaries from different companies and institutions. In addition they received laptops, travelling bags and cell phones, amongst others things.

Moral of the story is that if you study hard and attain good results you will be noticed and rewarded for your efforts by the private sector.

Source: SAnews.gov.za

Matric pass rate improves but still long way to go

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.

Source: BuaNews

South Africa shows improvement in high school matric pass rate

Keep flying Mzansi. Keep flying!!!

South Africans currently have a valid reason for being pleased with the Class of 2010, who have registered a pass rate of 67.8%.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga revealed the final results at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

This has been a significant change for the better of 7.2 percentage points from the previous year of 60.6% national pass rate, she proclaimed.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

“We would like to congratulate the class of 2010, they did us proud! Their unwavering dedication and perseverance is commendable,” Motshekga stated.

“The class of 2010 is genuinely completely unique!”

“We certainly have worked hard to guarantee the credibility of the exams,” Motshekga added. “Umalusi organised standardisation of exams on 24 December to make certain that the quality of final results is equivalent to previous years.”

She acknowledged the department’s determination  and dedication to alter the status quo of prior results originated from the recognition and understanding that education and learning appeared to be the motivating force of national change and performed a crucial role in enhancing individuals everyday life.

Pass rates for the individual provinces were reassuring in 2010, with all registering a marked improvement from the previous year:

* Gauteng: 78.6% (71.8% in 2009)
* Western Cape: 76.8% (75.7% in 2009)
* North West: 75.7% (67.5% in 2009)
* Northern Cape: 72.3% (61% in 2009)
* KwaZulu-Natal: 70.7% (61.1% in 2009)
* Free State: 70.7% (69.4% in 2009)
* Eastern Cape: 58.3% (51% in 2009)
* Limpopo: 57.9% (48.9% in 2009)
* Mpumalanga: 56.8% (47.9% in 2009)


Calls for improvement

Motshekga continued to praise and wished the Class of 2011 well, and called upon them to further improve on the matric pass rate.

“The Class of 2010 has demonstrated to us that there is absolutely no mountain we simply cannot climb when we are up for the challenge,” she proclaimed, adding that pupils, parents, teachers and all South African citizens really should pull together with each other to help and support all students, from Grade 1 up to Grade 12.


She continued to mention that there would be a more intense focus on making improvements to overall performance in maths and science, school infrastructure as well as the fundamental functionality of all schools.

“Along with resources allocated by the Cabinet at the end of 2010, we are going to be in a position to begin the process of dealing with unacceptable adn unacceptable school structures,” Motshekga pointed out. “We will construct and renovate laboratories, libraries, specialist rooms and administration blocks where there are actually none in existence”.


“Between 2011 and 2014, we will be focused on and committed to dealing with all our sanitation and water supply problems.”

Motshekga added the fact that textbooks along with other learning and teaching materials had in addition been recognized as a high priority.

Source: BuaNews

Mixed reaction to matric results

The release of the 2009 matric results has been met with mixed reaction from various sectors.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday announced a pass rate of 60.6 percent, a 2 percent decrease from the previous year’s 62.5 percent.

The National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) said while the overall matric exam results were pleasing, poor results in gateway subjects like Maths and English must be flagged for future attention.

It said the failure of 217 355 pupils remained a concern and it was hoped they would take advantage of the chance to write supplementary exams later in the year.

Referring to difficulties with Maths, Science and English, Naptosa said a strategy should be put in place to ensure that suitably qualified teachers are appointed in these posts and that adequate support is given to develop teachers of these subjects.

The organisation added that lower performance in rural areas also remained an area of concern, with inadequately resourced schools and poor support for district officials.

It further commended the officials involved with managing the setting, printing and distribution of question papers must be commended for their hard work.

The South Africa Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) said overall the results still reflected the two economies – pupils from the working class and poor communities still experienced problems, clearly reflecting the informal and formal economies.

However, it welcomed the prompt release of the 2009 matric results, and that systems are now embedded both to prevent irregularities and to benchmark standards.

The Congress of the People’s Youth Movement raised concerns regarding the drop in the pass rate, saying that it believed a lot could have been done to avoid it.

The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), meanwhile, said the results should serve as a wake-up call to government that urgent steps must be taken to address the critical shortcoming within the education system.

Motshekga, in announcing the results earlier today, conceded that she was disappointed with the 60.6 percent pass rate. The results “continue to suggest that we have not yet turned the corner in education”.

“We have not yet reached the quality learning outcomes that we are striving for as a nation. The education system continues to be plagued by obvious weaknesses that act as barriers to the performance of our learners. We must continue to intensify our efforts to address these weaknesses.”

This year, Motshekga said her department will strengthen its interventions to ensure that the class of 2010 shows a significant improvement.

She said the National Senior Certificate was an important indicator of the quality of the country’s education system, adding that is why poor results cannot be afforded.

Source: BuaNews, mediaclubsouthafrica.com