DA says real Mpumalanga pass rate is 37%

DA says real Mpumalanga pass rate is 37%
LOOPHOLES: Mpumalanga DA leader Jane Sithole says looking into the numbers of learners that are throughput from grade 10 to matric indicates a serious problem in the system. PICTURE BY MPG

The party congratulated those who made it in the class of 2019.

The DA in Mpumalanga says taking into consideration the fact that in 2017 the province had 94 103 learners in Grade 10 and only 34 995 of those passed the 2019 matric exam the real pass rate is 37% and not the announced 80.3%.

Party leader Jane Sithole asks what happened to the other 59 108 that were part of 94 103 that were in Grade 10 in 2017.

“It means these 59 108 young uneducated people will be entering the competitive job market this year,” Sithole said, adding the situation will be worse in the province, considering an already high unemployment rate.

The government announced a pass rate of 80.3% for Mpumalanga’s class of 2019 this week, an improvement on the 79% they got for the class of 2018.

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“The ANC government has failed these young people, many of whom will be and are languishing at home and on the streets,” Sithole, who is also a member of the legislature said.

She said the “slow-poison” of kids quitting school between Grade 10 and 12 is putting the future of the country at stake.

She said when one looks at the figures, comparing them with the 2018’s 79% it’s actually an increase of only 230 learners.

“None the less, the DA would like to congratulate the class of 2019 and their teachers for obtaining the official pass rate of 80.3%, an improvement of 1.3 % from the 79% it received in the 2018 academic year. 

“This improvement is despite challenges learners were faced with in their learning environment. There were burning of schools, lack of sanitation, strikes, and load-shedding,” she said, adding they would also like to urge matriculants who did not obtain the required results not to despair, “but must instead make the most of the supplementary exam opportunities”. 

“We also hope that all successful matriculants will enrol in the country’s various tertiary institutions in order to ensure a brighter future for themselves, their families, and the country at large”.

(edited by ZK)

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