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03 Aug 2014 13:40
A file photograph of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. (Madelene
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will take into consideration recommendations made about the matric pass
mark, the department said on Sunday.
Motshekga had tasked a team of experts to examine media
reports and research that criticises the national senior certificate
pass requirements, a statement said.
“The ministerial task team has submitted the report and we are studying it,” the statement said.
The 188-page report recommended that the department consider making mathematics a compulsory subject.
“A major effect that the introduction of such
compulsory subject combinations is expected to have is an increased
proportion enrolling for mathematics for sound educational reasons.”
The report projected that if maths was made compulsory,
it would have to be phased in over a few years, to avoid a decline in
overall enrollments in science-related subjects.
A national campaign to educate people about the value,
place and role of mathematical literacy and mathematics was also
“If this is done, it will go a long way to overcoming
negative perceptions and improving the credibility of mathematical literacy.”
The department was also urged to attempt to increase the pass rate, which currently stands at 30%.- Sapa
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