Class of 2014: Eastern Cape comes out last
The Eastern Cape has emerged as the worst-performing province in the 2014 matric results, attaining a pass rate of 65.4%.
The provincial pass rate for the 2013 matric examinations was 64.9%, which then represented an increase of 3.3% from the 61,6% that was achieved in 2012. It was the highest overall pass rate achieved since 2008 (50,6%) and 1994 (48,5%).
Group cheating scandal
The province, together with the KwaZulu-Natal, was implicated in a block-cheating scandal at exam centres.
Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, on Monday said that results verification had shown that the number of centres at which cheating took place was lower than first thought.
There were 58 exam centres at which cheating was suspected, and 44 centres are still being investigated, but 14 centres have been cleared of irregular activity.
Motshekga said the department hoped to finalise the investigation by the end of this month so that pupils who had not cheated "could get on with their life".
The National Pass Rate for the Class of 2014 is 75.8%, a drop of 2.5% from 2013.
- Gauteng - 84.7%
- North West 84.6%
- Free State - 82.8%
- Western Cape - 82.2%
- Northern Cape - 76.4%
- Mpumalanga - 79%
- Northern Cape - 76.4%
- Limpopo - 72.9%
- KwaZulu-Natal - 69.7%
- Eastern Cape - 65.4%,
DA’s prediction correct
The results come as a vindication for the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape, which predicated that Eastern Cape class of 2014 would not attain a 70% pass rate.
“The provincial target of a 70% pass rate for the Eastern Cape was commendable but, sadly, taking circumstances into account, this will not be achieved,” said DA Shadow MEC for Education, Edmund van Vuuren, a few hours before the announcement of the results.
He said that the DA believes that the Eastern Cape’s class of 2014 could have achieved a pass rate of 70% if teachers had implemented learner programmes efficiently and if the Department of Education had monitored the implementation of these programmes.
“Unfortunately teachers were also not adequately trained in the new CAPS (Curriculum and Policy Statement) curriculum. Coupled with absenteeism, overcrowded classrooms and staff issues relating to redeployment, any improvement from the 2013 matric pass rate of 64,9% in the province should be welcomed,” van Vuuren said.
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