Limpopo 2013 matric results: DA concerned about our bachelor passes

Desiree van der Walt MPL

DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Basic Education

The DA congratulates the class of 2013 matric learners for their achievements. All the top achievers in our province continue to make us all proud.

MEC Dikeledi Magadzi announced that of the 82 483 learners who wrote their exams 59 183 passed. This translates to a 71.8% pass. Of these learners 18 781 got a bachelor’s pass.

In 2012, out of 77 360 learners  who sat for their examination, slightly over 15000 learners obtained passes for bachelor’s degrees, putting it at a relatively low 21%.

This is a relatively slight improvement; hardly what the MEC called “quantitative and qualitative” improvement.

There also has been no improvement in category schools who passed 100 learners or more in mathematics at 50% or more.

In fact MEC Magadzi was conspicuously silent on the pass rate on maths and science expect to say “the pass been improving for the past years.

Furthermore concerning about today’s announcement is that the MEC has not mentioned whether there are schools which received a 0% pass rate. If these schools exits as was the case in the previous years, then urgent intervention is required.

Importantly, given the vast difference between these results compared with the previous trends, their credibility has been doubtful.  Experts have also expressed concerns about the competences of the markers.

The DA will push to get answers to questions, including calling for an independent audit.

To all those learners who did not make, hope should  not be erased.