The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Limpopo said they are concerned by the province’s continued poor performance in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results.
Although the province increased its NSC pass rate from 65,6% last year to 69,4% this year, it regressed from 8th to 9th place and was the worst performing province in the country.
It was also the only province to have less than a 70% pass rate despite the upward adjustment of marks in a number of subjects.
“To further compound this poor performance is the fact that only 76 730 learners (75,9%) of the 101017 learners who started the 2018 academic year in grade 12 wrote the matric exams.
“There were 23998 progressed learners in 2018 and this is a sign of unacceptably high number of learners that have been let down by the department and were not offered enough additional support.
“The sad reality is that only 53 254 learners of the 101 017 learners that started the year in matric passed their matric exams and this essentially means the real pass rate of the 2018 class is 52%,” said DA’s Jacques Smalle.
He added, “It is unacceptable that only 76 730 learners (41.7%) of the 184028 learners who enrolled for grade 10 in 2016 wrote the matric exams.
Only 53254 learners of that 2016 group passed the NSC exams and this points to a real pass rate of 28.9%.”
Smalle reiterated that the province’s education department has been a constant under performer year after year under Education MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe in comparison to the other provinces and is setting up Limpopo learners for failure in the future.
“If Premier Stan Mathabatha is serious about improving the quality of education and the chances of learners receiving a tertiary education he must hold the department accountable and ensure there is a functional monitoring and evaluation system that prioritises the quality of education offered to all learners.”