Thursday, January 07, 2010

School Pass Rate DROPS For 6th Straight Year


Read last years posting on the matric results. Another year of "I told you so". Let's wait to get the spin. For those of you that may want to familiarise yourselves with a project we did on the dumbing down of education, read here.

I know what the illustrious Dr. Watson would say, yet because the truth is unpalatable we continue to circumvent the issue. No real progress will be made, until we confront reality. We can posture and pander, moderate and obfuscate, but it will simply leave millions to wallow in despair.

IQ is the issue; always was; always will be. We all know it, but are too intellectually dishonest to say it. Anybody care to revisit the question: Can South Africa Work?

Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- South Africa’s national schools pass rate dropped for a sixth consecutive year, condemning millions to a life of unemployment and fueling crime, even as the government ramped up spending on education.

The pass rate for final-year students at public schools declined to 60.6 percent in 2009 from 62.5 percent the year before, the Education Ministry said in a report today in Pretoria.

South Africa has raised spending on education more than four-fold since all-race elections in 1994 to overcome the legacy of apartheid that gave blacks an inferior education to whites, confining many to schools without books, desks and electricity. That hasn’t translated into better results as poor teacher training and a weak culture of learning, especially in rural areas, result in many teachers not even turning up for work.

“The problem is the teachers, not the availability of textbooks,” said Martin Prew, director of the Johannesburg- based Centre for Education Policy Development. “We don’t have adequately trained teachers, particularly in the rural provinces, and that brings the overall education results down.”

The falling pass rate is worsening a skills shortage in a country where a lack of engineers, technicians and other skilled personnel has forced companies such as Sasol Ltd., the world’s largest producer of motor fuel from coal, to hire workers from abroad. It’s also fed a 24.5 percent unemployment rate and hamstrung efforts to boost an economy that shrank an estimated 1.9 percent last year.

1 in 40

Just one in 40 pupils who started school in 1995 passed final-year higher grade mathematics and just one in five pupils who completed school in 2008 had good enough grades to enter university, according to a report last year by the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

Higher spending on education hasn’t led to a major improvement in literacy. South Africa ranked last out of 40 countries, behind Morocco and Kuwait, in a global study of reading ability of 10 and 11-year-olds published in 2007, according to the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study.

4 Opinion(s):

Treacle Bender said...

ooooooooooooh, so it's my fault...and apart-hate..

Too bad, so sad, don't care, so fuck you minista of boon edumacashennmunt!!

Fran├žoise said...

I'm a bit lost, how many different maths exams in Grade 12 ("matrics") are there these days?

Higher Grade, standard grade, literacy ?

How many people passed the higher grade this year? How many whites ? Blacks ? How many with a C+ (is that still about what is needed to be admitted in technical or commercial courses at university) ?

Lime said...

No surprises here!

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.