The actual matriculation pass rate in 2022 is 54%, not 80.1%, according to the DA

The actual matriculation pass rate in 2022 is 54%, not 80.1%, according to the DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) claims the 2022 matric pass rate is 54.6%, up from 50.4% in 2021, not the 80.1% claimed by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

Baxolile Nodada, the party’s Shadow Minister of Basic Education, claimed some grade 9 students leave school to pursue technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Many drop out.

The DA determines the genuine matric pass rate from the Grade 10 cohort that should complete matric for TVET learners.

31.8 percent of 2022 matriculants drop out (337 364 learners). The Northern Cape had 41.6%, the Free State 40.6%, and the Western Cape 27.6%.

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Nodada said the national 45.4% fail rate and high dropout rate are particularly concerning because many of those learners contribute to the country’s staggering youth unemployment of 59.6% (6 in 10 young South Africans are unemployed)—over 3.5 million youth are not in education, employment, or skills training.

“Given that the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, recently revealed in an answer to a parliamentary question that her department has not established a system of tracking learners that exit the public schooling system and does not have information regarding learners’ further education or employment paths means a high likelihood of learners joining the unemployment lines once they leave school, whether through dropping out or after graduation,” Nodada said.

The Shadow Minister further noted that only 38.4% of matriculants passed a Bachelor’s degree, compared to the Independent Examination Board (IEB89.32%. )’s All IEB passers (98.42%) qualified for tertiary education.

“Unless DBE addresses the twin issues of the high dropout rate and the ineffective curriculum offering that fails to develop knowledge and skills to access economic opportunities fully, most matriculants’ future will be minimal.”

 

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