FAO: News Editors and News Wires
For Immediate Release
2015 MATRIC RESULTS UNDERSCORE A FAILURE TO REVERSE APARTHEID PATTERNS OF INEQUALITY
Tshwane, 06 January 2016; First and foremost AZAPO would like to congratulate the #Classof2015 and joins the celebrations of those who passed and commiserates with those who did not. It is important to note that, for those who did not succeed, this is not the end of the world, there are many options and opportunities open to them, one among others being to sit once again for the exams. AZAPO also acknowledges and thanks the teachers who worked hard to ensure the success of their learners.
AZAPO notes with deep concern the fall in the matric, National Senior Certificate (NSC), pass rate announced by Minister of Basic Education, Mrs. Angelina Motshekga.
The decline in the matric pass rate for 2015 marks a second consecutive year in which the pass rate has declined. The 2015 decline is noteworthy and deeply concerning in that it is double the amount of decline between 2013 and 2014 i.e. 78.2% (2013) subtract 75.8% (2014) vs 75.8% (2014) subtract 70.7% (2015).
AZAPO appreciates the impact that the inclusion of “progressed” learners has had on the pass rate but takes cognisance of the statement by uMalusi and its conclusion that “the performance of the progressed learners has led to an increase in the failure rate in 2015, [however] it does not fully explain the drop in performance”.
The 2015 results, as with those of previous years, continue to reflect and reinforce the apartheid established patterns. The pass rate in provinces that are largely rural and more economically depressed is lower than that of provinces that are relatively more economically affluent. The 2015 results in fact show an exacerbation of the problem in that the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo have shown significant declines of 8.6%, 9% and 7% respectively.
In announcing the results the Minister celebrated the fact that those who passed mathematics in 2015 (129 481) were more than those who passed mathematics in 2014 (120 523). Equally celebrated was the increase in the number of those who passed physical science in 2015 (113 121) compared with the number of those who passed physical science (103 348) in 2014. Given the 110 000 increase in the number of those who sat for their matric exams in 2015, the 8 958 increase in the number of those who passed mathematics and the 9 773 increase in the number of those who passed physical science pales in significance. Actually as a percentage of the total number of those who sat for the matric exams the mathematics and physical science results represent a 1% decline from those of 2014 for both mathematics and physical science.
In the coming days AZAPO will be delving deeper into the 2015 results particularly focusing on the relationship between economic inequality and school performance. Clearly the results of the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo indicate a worsening of the relationship. The tragedy of this is that those whom apartheid sought to keep in poverty are, even in this new dispensation, doomed to remain in poverty as the education system fails them and thus denies them the opportunity to escape poverty through education.
The pass rate announced yesterday is yet another fail in the governing party’s report card!
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