10 January 2019

South Africa: 2018 Matric Results - Some (More) Necessary Myth-Busting of Unsupported Claims (Part Two)


Bored by the persistence of the 'education basket case' mythology, this is an attempt to challenge -- with empirical evidence -- the intractable myths relating to our education system.

Part One of this series provided some empirical evidence to debunk five persistent myths about matric results:

We are not making any progress;

Matric results report on quantity, not quality;

Matric is getting easier and easier;

Youth who fail matric have no options open to them; and

Every citizen should obtain matric;

In Part Two, I discuss another three recurrent claims that:

The roughly half-a-million students who don't make it from Grade 1 to Grade 12 are ignored;

Matric is written by 18-19-year-olds; and

Those outside schools are a lost cause.

Again, I will discuss each one, with some empirical evidence to ensure that my opinion is more than just my own experience or gut feeling.

MYTH 6: The roughly half-a-million students who drop out of full-time school between Grade 10 and Grade 12 are being ignored.

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