Thursday, January 07, 2010

Class of 2009 will be remembered for being dumber than usual

SHOOT: 6/10 matriculants pass. That is a shocking statistic. It's almost 1/2. They keep lowering the standards and yet more and more people fail. It's because there is already a strong sense of entitlement - to jobs, to name changing, to whinging about the past. I've worked at a secondary school and the lack of discipline is chronic. I guess matrics expect to be able to pass based on wishful thinking, not actual work.
clipped from
Pretoria - Some 60.7% of matrics passed the 2009 exams, which is just less than two percent down from 2008, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Thursday.
In 2008, 62.5% of matrics passed.
KwaZulu-Natal improved its pass rate by 3.5% from 57.6% in 2008 to 61.1% in 2009, while the Eastern Cape stabilised at 50%.
The pass rate in the Free State declined by 2.4%, and in the Western Cape by 2.7%.
In North West, the pass rate was down 0.5%; Limpopo saw a decline of 5.4%; and it dropped 11% in the Northern Cape.
Mpumalanga - which also published its results on Thursday after doubts that it would be able to - had the poorest performance with a pass rate of 45.9% - a decline of 3.9%.
Motshekga said those found guilty of stealing and selling question papers were criminals and would be punished to the full extent of the law.

They keep on lowering the standards so that more people can pass but the results just get worse!!! We can all see where the future of this country is going very fast
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