South Africa’s universities may not be ready for the latest crop of school leavers

7 Jan 2016 - 09:30

When South Africa’s annual matric results are announced, it is important to listen to what is said - and, more importantly, to what is not.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga offered a sober account of the 2015 results, particularly about the significant drop in pass rate from 75% in 2014 to 70% in 2015. There were some reasons to celebrate: the ministry’s interventions to support “progressed learners” are to be commended. These are pupils who were pushed through from Grade 11 to matric even though their results didn’t qualify them to progress. 

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