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SA youth turning out to be far better at school

More youngsters attending South African schools happen to be completing Grade 9 – from 80% in 2003 to 88% in 2010 and even more are in addition successfully completing their Grade 12 with more than 24% qualifying for Bachelor of Arts studies at universities, according to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

The country in addition has more than doubled Grade R enrollment from 300 000 in 2003 to 705 000 this past year, with over 12 million learners currently being accommodated within the country’s education and learning system.

“We have developed a relatively stable schooling system which has extended the right to basic education… we are set to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals on expanding access to education,” Motshekga said.


Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

She revealed the fact that building contractors have already been selected for the building of 49 schools in the Eastern Cape in order to remove and replace mud structures which might be partly the reason why there exists a higher  than normal learner drop-out rate in the province.
Currently there are 126 mud schools in the Mount Frere area alone, with Motshekga indicating it is going to take the country greater than 20 years to deal with the backlog. This is in spite of policy improvements by government, including the enactment of the Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative which, among others, has resulted in the building of 1 648 classrooms, provision of sanitation and electricity to more than 700 schools.

To further improve universal access to education, Motshekga stated that the department had already made inroads in ensuring that free schooling and school meals reached as many poor schools as they possibly can. At the moment, in excess of eight million learners in more than 80% of public schools happen to be taking advantage of the no-fee policy with the vast majority of them located in Limpopo, Free State and the Eastern Cape.

The department has at the same time made progress with the provision of learning and teaching support material.


More than six million work books and 24 million textbooks in all South African languages have been sent out to schools this current year. Motshekga brought up issues concerning the large number of drop outs in the country’s educational facilities which she she believes is due to poverty and poor academic performance. Inadequate teaching in schools along with ineffective school management were in addition to blame for the high drop out rates.

During the State of the Nation Address, President Zuma encouraged teacher unions to make sure that they worked with education officials in ensuring that teachers were well-prepared, calling for an emphasis on the so called Triple T — teachers, textbooks and time.

Currently, processes are now being completed to assess principals and deputy principals inaugurating a brand new era of performance agreements, accountability, sound school management as well as the accruing benefits associated with quality teaching and correct utilization of time

Source: BuaNews


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