70% pass rate for EC matrics wanted


Eastern Cape Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Education, Mandla Makupula, has said that support efforts are in place to help the province achieve a 70% matric pass rate for 2014.

Last year, only 64% of grade 12’s managed to complete their primary education, leaving the province as the worst performing in South Africa.

"Our target is 70%. We have done enough to make sure that this is realised. We have held 144 winter schools across the province. The same number of spring schools will also operate around the province once the schools are close for the September holidays," Makupula told journalists at the Education Leadership Institute in East London yesterday.

"In the past 20 years we have always battled to get higher than 60% [as a] passing mark in the province. But we did so in 2012 and 2013, and in 2014 we are aiming even higher". 

MEC Makupula also revealed that his department had teamed up with lecturers from the University of Stellenbosch in an attempt to help with maths and science. The process will be carried out via a video link to 46 centres across the Eastern Cape. He also added that some 80 000 study guides had been distributed to schools.

Speaking at the same event, Acting Education Superintendent, Ray Tywakadi, said that 69 768 full-time pupils, and 21 376 part-time candidates, had registered to write their final exams on October 27th.

"All our logistics are in place. The 70% target is based on the amount of work we have done as a department to ensure that exams run smoothly, but at the same time improve on the quality and standard of learning in the province," he said.


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