Class of 2014: Declining Western Cape matric pass rate needs investigating - ANC

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 6, 2015

The African National Congress (ANC) has called for an investigation into the sagging Western Cape matric pass rate after Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, revealed that the province had suffered a 2.9 percentage point decrease from 85.1% in 2013, to 82.2% last year.

Speaking in a statement yesterday evening shortly after the minister’s announcement of the national matric pass rate, which decreased from 78.2% to 75.8%, the party’s spokesperson for education in the province, Theo Oliver, said that the Democratic Alliance (DA) led province was largely to blame for the drop in the pass rate.

“The ANC has also noted that the provincial results under the DA again are fourth on the national list, whereas under the ANC the province was the national leader in … first place,” Oliver said, referring to Gauteng which topped the list of best performing province with 84.7% followed by North West with 84.6% and the Free State on 82.8%.

“The DA administration is trying hard to shift the goal posts and to employ DA lies, spin, smoke and mirrors to deflect attention away from the fact that in this so-called best run province about one in five learners failed matric,” he said, adding that the majority of those who failed, are from disadvantaged areas who still have to deal with poor service delivery and infrastructure challenges.

 

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