Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

7 January 2014

South Africa: 2013 Matric Results - a Round of Applause Certainly, but the System's Still Broke

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The 2013 matric results are out for analysis and by all accounts there's an improvement. But with school dropouts remaining high, quality of education low, and infrastructure a court afterthought, not enough is being done on the single most important issue in South Africa's future.

It's time to recognise the success, but not get carried away. Especially in an election year.

President Jacob Zuma deserves some recognition.He said his administration would raise the matric pass rate and he's done it.

"Education will take this country to prosperity which is why it is one of government's five key priorities. We are therefore pleased to note this consistently upward trend in the matric results, with the pass rate going from 62.6% in 2008, dipping to 60.6% in 2009 only to rise to 67.8% in 2010, 70.2% in 2011 and 73.9% in 2012," said the president. They're not far off the bachelor's pass rate either, he added.

The South African Communist Party said the results show the advances the ANC government has made since 1994. Premiers and MECs across the country lauded the undeniably increasing rates, showing improvements in many disadvantaged regions and provinces. Cosatu congratulated the learners before...

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