The South African Education Minster has announced an increase in the national school pass rate – the first rise for three years.
Making the announcement on 11th January, Angie Motshekga also said that the number of students taking the examinations was the highest yet at 828,000. The system had faced criticism when the examination pass rate declined in 2014 and 2015 after a curriculum reform.
However, she said that there was still more to do: “The performance of South African learners is improving,” she said. “We have to further improve the outputs of the schooling system.”
Despite the announcement, some remain sceptical about the results, with education groups claiming that the government significantly over-invested in final year students to the detriment of those in earlier years, plus exam marks in some subjects were upwardly adjusted due to the papers being allegedly more difficult than previous years.
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