Matric 2014 pass rate drops to 75.8 percent
Johannesburg–The national pass rate for the 2014 matric exams dropped to 75.8percent, from a 78.2 percent pass rate in 2013 according to the results released by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Monday.
This was disappointing as acknowledged by the minister Angie Motshekga. Despite the fact that the results showed Gauteng as the top performing province, with a pass rate of 84.7percent, this was less than its 87% in 2013.
Though the Eastern Cape was the worst performing province with pass rate of 65.4%, this was an improvement from its 64.9 percent in 2013.
The provincial results are as follows: Eastern Cape: 65.4% from 64.9%, KwaZulu-Natal: 69.7% down from 77.4%, Limpopo: 72.9 up from 71.8%, Northern Cape: 76.4% from 74.5%, Mpumalanga: 79% from 77.6%, Western Cape: 82.8% down from 85.1% , Gauteng: 84.7 down from 87%, North West: 84.6% down from 87.2%, Free State: 82.3 down from 87.4%.
A total of 688 660 candidates registered to write the examination in 2014, of which over 550 000 were full time candidates and over 138 000 were part time candidates.
The worrying overall trend from this year’s Matric was a downward trend form almost all provinces including the national results.
While a majority of the children who wrote the exams continue to celebrate and look forward to a better life for themselves and the country- hard questions still need to be answered.
Given the amount of resources spend on education in South Africa compared to other African countries- one may be tempted to say today’s matric results both in percentage terms and quality are not good enough.