The government’s grand move to have “progressed” matric pupils write their exams over two years has bombed – only 8% passed
The results of these pupils, who were pushed into matric after failing grade 11 more than once, were disclosed to the Sunday Times by the department of basic education last week.
SA’s latest matric pass rate is 8%. It was achieved by “progressed” pupils — those pushed into grade 12 after failing grade 11 more than once — and who were given two years to write matric.
Of the 78,363 of these pupils who wrote their final school exams in November and June, 6,320 passed.
Education experts who spoke to the Sunday Times this week said the pupils had been set up for failure because the plan was based on an incorrect assumption that a lowered workload would lead to better results.
Professor Labby Ramrathan of the University of KwaZulu-Natal said the progressed pupils had “conceptual d