It was announced yesterday that 67.8% of matrics passed the 2010 exams. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga described the pass rate as a “remarkable achievement” and said it was possible that the 2010 public sector strike might have robbed the department of its targeted 70% pass rate.
Considering all of the strikes that these poor kids had to endure it really is amazing that so many of them were able to pass, but I still feel that we should be aiming for a far higher pass rate as its totally unacceptable that 30% of Matrics have already been severly disadvantaged in what employment opportunities are available to them.
There were 643 546 candidates who sat for the exams, of whom 537 543 wrote all seven subjects. Of those, 23.5% obtained university entrance, up from 19.9%.
There were 18 schools where no pupils passed and 504 schools that achieved a 100% pass rate with Gauteng as the top province with a 78.6% pass rate, followed by the Western Cape which achieved 76.8%, Motshekga said.
To all of you who passed… Congratulations!!!! Go and party it up- it only gets better from there onwards!