The national and provincial education departments to focus all their energies on assisting pupils in the crucial foundation phase.
Year after year, when the matric results are published, the problem of failing schools is raised and then forgotten – but not by those pupils.
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The new curriculum has presented serious challenges, but experts are confident that a good base has been formed and the pass rate will rise.
The national matric pass rate has dropped by 2.5%, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced on Monday.
Students who succeeded in the IEB National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination achieved a 98.38% pass rate, and all qualify for tertiary study.
In her state of the province speech, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane says more access to health care has been achieved as residents are healthier.
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The Independent Examinations Board matriculants of 2013 have achieved a pass rate of 98.56%, an increase from last year's 98.2%.
Umalusi has apologised for the question relating to baby rape in the dramatic arts matric examination, saying it was in poor taste.
Umalusi says it has successfully delivered on its mandate as a quality council and has approved the release of the national matric results.
The Correctional Services department has reported a total of 79.25% of prisoners who wrote national senior certificate examinations passed in 2012.
Students who did not pass their matric have until January 21 to register for a re-marking or re-checking.
Matric results for 2012 are looking up but they have not told us enough about the deep social inequalities experienced by pupils across the country.
Education Minister Angie Motshekga has asked the country to believe that 73.9% of grade 12s are sufficiently literate and numerate to pass matric.
The Western Cape says matriculants will receive their results on time even though the department of basic education misreported the aggregate numbers.
Universities should partner with colleges to ensure new knowledge filters down to them.
The number of quality maths and physical science passes achieved by the class of 2011 bodes ill for SA's plans to create five million jobs by 2020.
Are the matric results a true reflection of the quality of education in SA? A lot of people are sceptical because it takes so little to secure a pass.