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Mixed response from political parties on class of 2015 results

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Johannesburg – There were mixed response by political parties to the matric results of 2015, with most saying the drop in the overall pass rate was due to poor governance.

- Matric results will be accessible here on Wednesday. The 2015 national pass rate fell to 70.7%, compared to 75.8% in 2014. In a statement, the ANC said the result was “commendable”.

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“Not only was the class of 2015 the largest ever, they recorded the highest number ever of passes, the highest number ever of distinctions and science passes, among other commendable achievements,” the ANC said, adding that the country should be proud of the 2015 matriculants. The party said that despite the decline, more students, particularly in Gauteng, gained university access than before, which was an indication of a year-on-year improvement.

DA Shadow Minister of Basic Education Gavin Davis said however the results revealed huge disparities in education.

“We have to unpack what government is doing in these rural areas. Time and time again the rural provinces in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo province have shown a huge decline. We saw a solid result in the Western Cape which is indicative of good governance,” Davis told News24.

Meanwhile the EFF said the figures made the “chest-beating self-congratulatory attitude of the minister false and misleading” with Cope also saying that the results were given more gloss than warranted.

Cope went on to say that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was not taking education forward and was more concerned with being in the “good books” of the SA Democratic Teachers Union. Basic education in the country was therefore going from “bad to worse”.

The IFP also weighed in, saying the cause of “consistently poor matric results was that our education system is in tatters”.

“Essentially the quality of our teaching requires drastic improvement which can only be achieved through high levels of teacher performance and dedication. Logistically there are also great challenges and these too must be overcome at National and Provincial departmental levels,” the IFP said.

South Africa’s three largest rural provinces, which have over half the country’s pupils, were largely responsible for the drop in the 2015 matric pass rate, Motshekga said on Tuesday.
She was referring to Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, and the worst performer, the Eastern Cape.

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