The Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape congratulates all successful matriculants for 2013.
The Province’s overall pass mark of 64,9% was announced by the Education Minister, Angie Motshekga. The figure is up from 61,6% in 2012.
Although these statistics seem encouraging, the Eastern Cape Province is once again the worst performer in the country, and the only province with a pass % below 70%. (The other eight provinces obtained pass rates between 71,8% and 87,2%)
What is most disconcerting is the number of learners that entered Grade 1 in 2002 and the cohort successfully completing Grade 12 in 2013. Using the pass rate as the main yardstick to assess performance is simply not a credible measure of the quality of education in the Eastern Cape.
The problem with focussing on the pass rate is that it does not take into consideration the number of learners who drop out of the system before they write the National Senior Certificate examinations.
In 2002 there were 284 283 learners that entered Grade 1, with 77 602 reaching Grade 12 in 2013. However, only 75 092 sat for the National Senior Certificate examinations in 2013 with only 48 734 successfully completing Grade 12.
In real terms, with reference to those that entered Grade 1 in 2002, the success rate of this cohort completing Grade 12 is a mere 17,14%. The question that needs to be posed is “what happened to the other 206 681 learners that have not made it to Grade 12 in 2013 – were these learners