Senior academic at the University of Johannesburg Dr Andre van Zyl says universities enroll just over a quarter of youth who complete matric.
Pressure is being put on failing matrics to forgo writing to massage the pass rate, say educators.
Schools keep pass rates up by limiting subject choices - sacrificing our poorest pupils' futures, says Martin Prew.
The unemployment rate in South Africa is at crisis level and it should be declared a state of emergency, writes Ronald Bownes.
The failure of education is political and goes back to the importance we attach to it, says Songezo Zibi.
The annual matric results symbolise for a passing moment the nation's education health -- and this year the prognosis was good.
The KwaZulu-Natal branch of the Sadtu has called on "biased marking" in favour of black matriculants, the Sowetan reported.