Khume Ramulifho MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC of Education
Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, claims that the province is aiming for a 90% matric pass rate this year; however, this is not commendable when half of your learners have already dropped out before exams even start.
According to a response from written questions from the DA only half the province’s Grade 10 learners who enrolled at the end of 2012 will be sitting for Grade 12 final exams this year.
At least 50 000 of the 176 138 Grade 10 learners enrolled in 2012 at public schools repeated Grade 10 in 2013, while many others have simply dropped out completely.
This response indicates a very poor 52% retention rate in Gauteng public schools from Grade 10.
This is the true matric pass rate in the province.
There are 101 351 learners registered to write the 2014 NSC examinations at schools in Gauteng. Of this, 91 823 learners are registered in public schools while 9 528 are registered at independent schools.
Retention of learners is key to a quality pass rate and something which should be given serious consideration when assessing the province’s matric success this year.