Tag: Matric

Why adult matric can help uplift SA’s workforce

It is estimated that only a third of adults in South Africa have completed Grade 12.

This has serious implications for their chances of pursuing tertiary qualifications or finding employment. More than any other qualification, it’s a matric certificate that colleges, universities and employers expect. A matric is the starting point.

Providing the remaining majority of South Africa’s adults with this critical qualification is one of the most important means by which we can address historic inequalities, and move forward to a stronger socio-economic future.

Fortunately, Media Works, an offering of Optimi Workplace and one of South Africa’s leading education and training providers, is actively seeking to address this gap.

Through Media Works’ Amended Senior Certificate (ASC) programme, learners are provided with all the tools and resources they need to write their Grade 12 exams through the Department of Basic Education. By successfully completing these exams, they will be awarded their ASC, which is equivalent to a matric certificate.

“Our ASC answers a need that many South African adults have today,” says Jackie Carroll, the Managing Director of Optimi Workplace. “Previously, once someone had fallen out of the schooling system, there was no easy way back. They were left in education no-man’s-land, with little chance of bettering their lives.

“Today, our ASC programme presents an opportunity for out-of-school learners to achieve their Grade 12 and succeed in their future academic and professional endeavours.”

Media Works’ ASC programme is available to all, and is particularly valuable to public sector entities and corporates wishing to improve the baseline capabilities of their teams.

“If some of your employees don’t have their matric, they’re unlikely to be able to complete additional qualifications that might improve their skill set and performance,” Carroll adds. “Making the ASC available to them is likely not only to improve their prospects, but also boost their confidence and sense of ambition. Organisations seeking to conduct community member training as part of their corporate social investment projects are also sure to benefit from this programme.”

Building on the engaging, multi-platform, e-learning programmes that Media Works has developed over the decades, the ASC curriculum uses best practice solutions in digital education, giving learners the chance to study anywhere, anytime and on any device. This is particularly valuable in the Covid-19 era.

Media Works’ various programmes, including the ASC, are currently used by over 100 000 learners across Southern Africa.

SA’s matric results shock

By Jamie McKane for MyBroadband

The recent matric results announced by Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga reflected a pass rate of 76.2%, down by more than five percentage points compared with last year’s results.

Additionally, the “real matric pass rate”, which measures the number of students who were enrolled in grade 10 two years earlier and passed their matric exam in 2020, is now 44.1%.

The Department of Education noted in its report that it was concerned with the significant decline in the pass rate for Mathematics and Physical Science.

A pass refers to the achievement of 30% or more in a subject.

Mathematics performance among South African learners remains shockingly poor, as more learners choose to take Mathematics Literacy over core Mathematics.

The matric results data reflects the Mathematics pass rate fell by 0.8 percentage points to 53.8%, while the Physical Science pass rate fell by 9.7 percentage points to 65.8%.

Few matrics achieve university mathematics thresholds
The Department of Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation has set national targets for academic performance in mathematics and science.

It uses a threshold of 60% to determine the matric candidates’ potential to qualify for university faculties such as engineering, commerce, and medicine.

The latest matric results reflect a significant increase in the number of learners who achieved more than 60% for mathematics, although this figure remains shockingly poor compared with the total number of matrics.

Out of the 578,468 students who wrote matric exams, only 43,447 (8%) achieved more than 60% in Mathematics.

Compared with the total number of matrics who were enrolled in the same cohort in Grade 1 the figure is even more shocking.

The data shows that of the 1,072,993 students who were enrolled in grade 1 in 2009, only 4% went on to achieve more than 60% in matric Mathematics.

The move to Mathematics Literacy
A major factor that affects this performance is the steep decline in matrics choosing to do Mathematics.

Instead, most students now choose to study Mathematics Literacy, which precludes them from studying technical subjects at university.

Matric Mathematics Paper 2 leaked

By Zodidi Dano for IOL

The Matric Mathematics Paper 2 set for the Class of 2020 has been leaked, the Department of Education (DBE) announced.

“Initial indications are that the paper became available in the early parts of Monday morning, hours before the paper could be written.

’’The origins of the leak are not clear as yet but the matric candidates who had access to the question paper appear to be located in the Limpopo and Gauteng provinces,” the DBE statement said.

Mathematics Paper 2 was scheduled to be written on Monday at 9am. The exam was to be three-hours long.

According to the DBE, the leaked paper was verified and the contents of it was found to be the same as the question paper that was to be written at 9am.

“The Department of Basic Education is investigating the matter to establish the extent of the leak.”

The DBE said initial probing pointed to a few pupils in the two provinces, Gauteng and Limpopo.

The investigating team is gathering evidence and a report will be submitted shortly. The department said it would enlist the support of the Law Enforcement Agencies to assist with the investigation.

“The Department will investigate this matter fully and thoroughly and will utilise the mechanisms it has at its disposal which are part of the examination protocol to identify learners that may have had access to the paper,” the statement read.

The department also appealed to the Class of 2020 and all other candidates to remain focused on the examination papers that are still to be written and be assured that the culprits that are at the centre of the “despicable act will be dealt with harshly”.

Those with information are urged to contact the Department of Basic Education.


‘Real’ matric pass rate closer to 40%

By Andrea Chothia for The South African

The DA has claimed that the matric pass rate is incorrect after the announcement of the 2019 results by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga’s bluff saying that her announcement of 81.3% for the 2019 matric pass rate is incorrect and the “real” pass rate is in fact 38.9%.

In the statement, the DA congratulated each learner who passed the NSC examination, however had this to say:

“Whilst Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and the Department of Education are celebrating an all-time high matric pass rate of 81.3%, the Democratic Alliance can reveal that the real pass rate is in fact 38.9%.”

Why a pass rate of 38.9%?
DA Minister of Basic Education, Nomsa Marchesi explained that in 2017, a total of 1 052 080 learners were enrolled in grade 10, yet only 409 906 learners eventually passed matric last year.

“This means only 38.9% of grade 10 learners actually wrote and passed matric,” said Marchesi.

“This is for the most part, due to an extraordinarily high drop-out rate, which means that hundreds of thousands of learners are denied the chance to write matric, let alone pass it,” she added.

Dismally failing system
Marchesi said that this is an indication of a dismally failing system and not a functional and successful one.

“The DA-led Western Cape is the province with the lowest drop-out rate (33.4%) and therefore the highest real pass rate, standing at 54.8%,” said Marchesi.

According to the Department’s calculation and in their opinion, disregarding the drop-out rate, the Free State is the top-performing province with a pass rate of 88.4%.

“The truth, however, is that this province’s real pass rate only stands at 38.4%.”

The ‘real’ national pass rate for 2018 was 37.6%. The ‘real’ pass rate of 2019 is, therefore, an improvement of a mere 1.3%,” the statement explained.

DBE punts national pass rate to shift focus
The DA claimed that for years the DBE has punted the national pass rate because it shifts the focus from their “perpetual failures as an ANC government.”

“The slow poison of drop-out rates between grades 10 and 12 is eating away at the future of the youth of this country,” the statement added.

The statement said that since 2015, which saw the highest number of pupils to write their matric exam, there has been a steady decline each year. It went on to add that another concern is the shocking pass rate from June results of the Multi Examination Opportunity (MEO) – only 7.1% passed.

“Nevertheless, however dismal this percentage is, it is used to inflate the pass rate and when phased out this year, the high drop-out rates will inevitably increase. Only then will we see the real performance of the Department,” said Marchesi.

“If we carry on this trajectory, more than half of all learners who start Grade 1 this year, will never see the inside of an NSC-exam room,” she added.

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