Class of 2014: Low pass mark a concern - EFF

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 6, 2015

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have expressed their concern following Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s release of the 2014 national matric pass rate, which indicated a 2.9% drop compared to 2013.

“We express concern over the fact that fewer students wrote matric in 2014 as compared to 2013 despite the fact that there was implementation of progression policy on 2013 grade 11 candidates who did not pass,” the party’s acting national spokesperson, Lehlohonolo Mokoena, said in a statement on its website.

“The 2014 generation of matriculants were more than one million 10 years ago when they were in grade 2 and the shortfall of those who could not reach matric is of great concern,” he added.

Mokoena also blasted education body Umalusi for declaring the exam process free and fair despite wide scale group cheating being identified in seven out of the nine provinces with KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape being the hardest hit.

“This is a worrying phenomenon for education in a country infested with corruption from the top. It is also worrying that KZN, one of the worst provinces in this practice, is also one of the worst performing this year. We call on the Department to pay special attention to that province and others to find the root of the problem soonest and eradicate. It cannot be that the standard of education in such a culturally and economically vibrant country can drop to this level.”

He also added that the continuing changes in the national curriculum since 1994 has “put untold and unnecessary pressure and impediment on students and teachers to perform at their best” and that “the Minister of Basic Education is still telling the nation that we will begin to see results in the future”.

“Until the ruling party has a clear vision of education in this country and commits itself to the eradication of illiteracy and poverty, education in this country will remain sub-standard and inconsistent with the program of poverty alleviation”. 

 

 

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