The DA congratulates all learners who wrote and passed the 2012 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. We thank their teachers, principals and family members for their support and dedication.
The national pass rate has shown a slight increase, from 70.2% in 2011 to 73.9% in 2012.
We believe, however, that the focus on the pass rate to the exclusion of other indicators often obscures other gauges that give us a more holistic understanding of the performance of our education system.
Of the 1 130 659 learners who enrolled in Grade 1 in 2001, only 511 152 wrote the NSC in 2012. Of these, only 377 829 passed. This raises serious questions about the ability of South Africa's schools to produce learners who can stay in the system and emerge as successful matriculants.
It is also concerning that only 26.6% of learners qualified for bachelor-level studies at university, which means that fewer than three out of every ten learners achieved more than 60%. This represents only 12% of the learners who started out in Grade 1.
The DA-governed Western Cape's pass rate remained stable at 82.8% (compared to 82.9% last year).
The Western Cape also performed very well on a number of other indicators including:
- A decrease in the number of underperforming schools from 85 in 2009 to 26 in 2012;
- an increase in the number of candidates (from 33 146 to 36 992) writing and passing the NSC examinations;
- an increase in the number of candidates achieving access to a Bachelor's Degree from 15 215 to 16 319; and
- an increase in the maths pass rate from 68.7% to 73.5% and an increase in the physical science pass rate from 65.3% to 70.9%.
The DA in government is continuing to improve the state of education by ensuring that teachers are present, punctual and prepared; that school management is competent and accountable; and that the provincial education department is efficient and responsive.
The DA will continue to do everything it can in government and opposition to ensure that all learners receive a quality education. The education of our learners must be a key priority if we are to redress the legacy of apartheid that keeps so many people in poverty and without jobs.
Annette Lovemore, DA Spokesperson on Education