Mpumalanga's failing independent schools face closure

There were 110 independent schools in Mpumalanga, five of which produced a matric pass rate of less than 50% last year. (AFP)

There were 110 independent schools in Mpumalanga, five of which produced a matric pass rate of less than 50% last year. (AFP)

Independent schools in Mpumalanga face closure if they fail to produce a matric pass rate of at least 50% for three years in a row, the province's education MEC has said.

"If we find that they have performed below 50% for three consecutive years, we will have no option but to close them down," a South African Press Association correspondent on Sunday quoted education MEC Reginah Mhaule saying.

There were 110 independent schools in Mpumalanga, five of which produced a matric pass rate of less than 50% last year.

Mhaule said 89 government schools obtained a matric pass rate below 50% last year.

However, she was optimistic that intervention programmes would make a difference to this year's matric results. These programmes include a schooling transformation and reform strategy, which offers supplementary after-school classes in mathematics and science.

The province's matric results
A total of 58 517 part-time and full-time matrics have registered for this year's matric exams in the province, which begin later in October. This was around 3 000 more pupils than last year.

The province's matric results have improved since 2009, when it obtained a 47.9% pass rate.

In 2010, 56.8% was obtained, 64.8% in 2011, and 70% in 2012.

Of the 47 889 matrics who wrote exams in 2012, 33 504 passed. Of these, 9 495 qualified for bachelor programmes, 14 277 for diplomas, 9 633 for higher education certificates and 99 achieved the National Senior Certificate. – Sapa

 

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus

Client Media Releases

Pharmaceutical warehouses keep cool with Imperial
NWU Mafikeng Campus holds annual Excellence Awards
MTN's acquisition of Smart Village is finalised
Sanral acts against irregular expenditure