South Africa’s “real” graduation rate is only 44%: DA

The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) says the country’s 2020 enrollment result does not reflect the actual number of students who have failed the country’s education system.

On Monday (February 22), Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced that the success rate for the 2020 cohort is 76.2%. This is a decrease of 5.1 percentage points compared to the completion rate of 2019 (81.3%).

However, the prosecutor said that The “real” completion rate is 44.1% – calculated by comparing the number of students enrolled in 2018 (997,872) with the number of students (578,468) who passed the Matura in 2020 (440,702).

This group of matrics started with 1,072,993 learners enrolled as Grade 1 in 2009, a 41% success rate.

The party added that bookkeeping, math and physics success rates have decreased and physics has decreased by 10%

The grave concerns plaguing the South African basic education system will never be addressed if the department continues to attempt to bury the truth about their ineptitude, the prosecutor said.

“This success rate is disappointing and shows the chaotic character of the academic year 2020 in connection with the historical challenge of the extraordinarily high drop-out rate in South Africa.”

The prosecution criticized the overloaded curriculum, the lack of infrastructure and insufficient support from teachers.

“These are not problems that emerged with the Covid-19 pandemic. These issues have been ignored for years in favor of whitewash results to cover up the Department of Basic Education’s grave systemic flaws.

“Despite many challenges, countless teachers have committed themselves to their learners during this time. They have done miracles to ensure that every child still receives a quality education, and the prosecution commends them for their service. “

Read: Here are the results of the South African Matura for 2020

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