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Results of South African matrics are up by 7%

South African students writing the national matric exams in 2010 managed to score a 67.8% pass rate – a 7.2 % improvement on the results from 2009, despite schooldays lost to the Fifa Soccer World Cup and the prolonged public servant’s strike in 2010.

All the provinces registered a marked improvement on the 2009 results:

  • Gauteng: 78.6% (71.8% in 2009)
  • Western Cape: 76.8% (75.7% in 2009)
  • North West: 75.7% (67.5% in 2009)
  • Northern Cape: 72.3% (61% in 2009)
  • KwaZulu-Natal: 70.7% (61.1% in 2009)
  • Free State: 70.7% (69.4% in 2009)
  • Eastern Cape: 58.3% (51% in 2009)
  • Limpopo: 57.9% (48.9% in 2009)
  • Mpumalanga: 56.8% (47.9% in 2009)

Education specialists though are divided on the question of whether such an unexpectedly huge improvement is educationally both believable and reliable as a true indicator of pupils’ aptitudes.

Questions also remain about the performance of children in rural and township schools, in particular whether these  disadvantaged pupils recorded similarly vast increases in achievement.

To read more:
Go to the article on MediaClubSouthAfrica.com by Clicking Here!
Go to David MacFarlane and Kamogelo Seekoei’s article in the Mail and Guardian by Clicking Here!

Click Here to read the SA government’s Report on the National Senior Certificate Examination Results
All the results and profiles of the top schools and students can be found at  IEB microsite
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