Minister of Fundamental Schooling, Angie Motshekga right now introduced the cross fee for the matric class of 2020 is 76.2%, down 5.1% from 2019’s matric cross fee of 81.3%.
This, nonetheless, solely tells a part of the story. Trying on the variety of learners that enrolled in 2018, it reveals a “actual” matric cross fee of 44.1%.
“The variety of learners that enrolled in 2018 in Grade 10 was 997,872. Solely 440,702 of those learners wrote and handed Matric in 2020,” the DA’s Shadow Minister of Fundamental Schooling, Bax Nodada mentioned.
The state of affairs appears to be like even worse when taking a look at what number of learners who began in Grade 1 in 2009 handed the matric examination twelve years later.
The category of 2020 began with 1,072,993 learners enrolled in 2009 as Grade 1s, which calculates to an actual cross fee of 41%.
“The intense considerations plaguing the South African fundamental schooling system won’t ever be addressed if the Division continues to attempt to bury the reality of their ineptitude,” mentioned Nodada.
“This cross fee is disappointing and indicative of the chaotic nature of the 2020 educational yr, coupled with the historic problem of South Africa’s terribly excessive drop-out fee.”
On account of years of neglect of the tutorial system, many kids have fallen out of the schooling system and have been forgotten.
“A lot of them face the prospect of a lifetime of inequality, poverty and unemployment because of the curriculum being irrelevant to the job market,” mentioned Nodada.
He added that the schooling system isn’t producing the correct abilities, and entrepreneurship and innovation will not be being prioritised.
“Except the Minister and the Division urgently interact with stakeholders to handle these failures, the true Matric cross fee will plummet, to the detriment of our youngsters and all our futures,” he mentioned.