|Province||Class of 2016|
|Grade 10 (2014)||Grade 12 (2016) candidates||Dropout rate (%)||Total Gr 12 candidates passed||“Real” Pass Rate (%)|
|Northern Cape||22 034||10 041||54,4||7 902 (78.7%)||35,9|
|North West||67 734||32 045||52,7||26 448 (82.5%)||39,0|
|Free State||55 293||26 786||51,6||23 629 (88.2%)||42,7|
|Eastern Cape||154 220||82 902||46,2||49 168 (59.3%)||31,9|
|Limpopo||189 170||101 807||46,2||63 595 (62.5%)||33,6|
|KwaZulu-Natal||264 816||147 648||44,2||98 032 (66.4%)||37,0|
|Mpumalanga||94 528||54 251||42,6||41 801 (77.1%)||44,2|
|Gauteng||174 471||103 829||40,5||88 381 (85.1%)||50,7|
|Western Cape||75 791||50 869||32,9||43 716 (86.0%)||57,7|
|National||1 100 877||610 178||44,6||442 672 (72.5%)||40,2|
With the above, Maimane’s party said:
“It is possible to see from these figures how a fixation on the pass rate can mask the actual performance of the education system.
This is because the pass rate is expressed as a percentage of the learners who wrote, and doesn’t take into consideration the learners who didn’t make it to matric.
…We need to remember that it is possible for a school, district or province to push up their pass rate simply by ensuring that fewer weaker learners write the matric exams.
Take the Free State, for example. In 2014, there were 55 293 learners enrolled in Grade 10 in the Free State. But, in 2016, only 26 786 of those learners actually wrote matric.
If we look at the number of learners in the Free State who obtained a matric pass (23 629) and divide them by the number of learners who enrolled in Grade 10 in 2014, we can calculate a ‘real pass rate’ of 42,7%.
…Let us compare this with the Western Cape. In 2014, there were 75 791 learners enrolled in Grade 10. In 2016, 50 869 of those learners wrote matric and 43 716 passed. Using the same method as for the Free State above, we can calculate a ‘real pass rate’ for the Western Cape of 57,7%.
In other words, the Free State’s claim to be the best performing province (with a pass rate of 88,2% compared with the Western Cape’s 86,0%) is misleading.
Any assessment of performance must take into account the number of learners retained in the system. It is clear that, in the Free State, relatively fewer learners make it to matric, which is why the pass rate was high this year.”
Already, DA’s Gavin Davis – Shadow Minister of Basic Education – have written to Minister Angie Motshekga demanding an investigation into the high ‘drop-out’ rate.
Specifically, the party wants the minister to ascertain if it is the result of learners being ‘culled’ by schools under pressure from districts and provincial education departments.
Adding that the notion that learners may have been ‘culled’ in order to manipulate or ‘game’ the pass rate, has been raised numerous times in the past, DA charged Minister Motshekga to investigate what is behind the large drop-out rate without delay.
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