Class of 2014: Three Eastern Cape schools record zero matric passes

JANUARY 6, 2015

While, the Eastern Cape registered a slight improvement in the 2014 matric pass rate, it maintained a record as the worst performing province - with three schools recording a zero percent pass.

Eastern Cape Education MEC, Mandla Makupula, on Tuesday said that the two matric learners at Fort Beaufort’s Impey Siwisa High School failed their exams.

Impey Siwisa also received a zero percent pass rate in 2013.

He also revealed that all 14 matric pupils at Kwelerana Senior Secondary School, near King Williams Town, and all 12 at Rabula Senior Secondary School, also in King Williams Town, failed their exams.

In 2012, no school in the Eastern Cape recorded a zero percent pass rate. In 2013 two schools got a zero percent pass rate.

The provincial matric pass rate for 2014 was 65.4 percent, up from 64.9 percent in 2013, an improvement of 0.5 percentage points.

Sluggish improvement

Makupula said the province had shown "sluggish improvement in its performance" but there was evidence of continued positive development.

The percentage of schools in the province which received a 100 percent pass rate decreased from 4.8 in 2013 to 4.1 in 2014.

Also marring the province's performance was a report by monitoring body Umalusi, which said it suspected there had been instances of "group copying" in the exams in the Eastern Cape and in KwaZulu-Natal.

Announcing the results on Monday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said 16 matric exam centres in the Eastern Cape were being investigated for group copying by both her department and Umalusi.

Despite the ongoing probe, Makupula expressed confidence in the examinations.

"This examination has been accomplished with a high degree of credibility and integrity in the province of the Eastern Cape," he said.

He congratulated those who had passed and expressed encouragement to those who had not done well.

"To those who could not make it in 2014, we say they must not despair. They must brush off this temporary misstep, get up, and commit to work even harder to succeed."