5 January 2017
The DA in the Northern Cape is deeply concerned that less than half of 2014’s Grade 10 class wrote Matric in 2016. This is the lowest retention rate in South Africa, and is a tragic reality for the poorest students in our province whose access to quality education is threatened by an ANC government that cannot get the fundamentals right.
The DA certainly congratulates those learners who performed well in the 2016 National Senior Certificate examinations. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.
We particularly want to congratulate the Namakwa district for achieving an excellent pass rate of 91%. This achievement places the district among the best performing districts in the country and shows that we can achieve great results in the province.
It is worrying to note the drastic difference in pass rates between districts. The lowest performing district in the province, John Taolo Gaetsewe, recorded a pass rate of 70.5%. While it is an improvement from the pass rate of 2015, it is still far below the pass rates recorded by other districts. Pixkley ka Seme scored a pass rate of 82.9%, Z.F. Mcgawu achieved 79.9% and Frances Baard managed 78.4%.
The poor retention of learners from grade 10 onwards is an enormous concern in the Northern Cape: only 44.5% of learners enrolled in grade 10 in 2014 in the province went on to write the National Senior Certificate examinations in 2016, and of that 44.5% almost one quarter did not pass Matric. More than 22 500 learners were enrolled in grade 10 in 2014, but less than 11 000 wrote the 2016 National Senior Certificate examinations. This is the worst retention rate in the country and should set off alarm bells in the offices of the Northern Cape government.
In contrast, where the DA governs in the Western Cape, we have achieved South Africa’s highest retention rate, keeping 64.13% of the Grade 10 class in the system until writing Matric 2016. This shows that where the DA governs, learners have a better chance of making it to Matric, and succeeding in their Matric.
It is not acceptable that learners in the Northern Cape have inferior opportunities to a Matric education and the DA will therefore press the Education MEC for answers on how and why so many of the Grade 10 class did not write Matric 2016, and instead were lost to the system.
Ultimately, the results show that there are still many inequalities in our education system which we need to be addressed by government.
DA Provincial Spokesperson on Education in the Northern Cape
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