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Jan 8, 2010 4:46 PM By Sapa
Only 19.8 percent of matrics qualified for higher education, not 32 percent as Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced, her department said.
"The correct percentage for the number of learners who have attained a bachelor's degree pass in the end of year examinations in 2009 is 19.8 percent," said Whittle, adding that the percentage excluded the additional bachelor's degree passes that were expected after the supplementary examinations to be written next month.
The incorrect percentage was a genuine error by the department, which was then provided to Motshekga. Neither the minister nor the department wished to mislead the public on matters that had such importance, said Whittle.
"As soon as this error was noted during the minister's statement on the results in Pretoria on Thursday, all journalists present were alerted to the fact."
Motshekga had been forthright throughout the process and had presented the "disappointing" results for public scrutiny, Whittle said.
In 2008 the percentage of learners who attained a bachelor's degree pass in the examinations was 18 percent of those who wrote.
Once the additional passes from supplementary examinations from 2009 were included, that percentage increased to about 20 percent of those who had written.