Motshekga mulls matric recommendations

Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga would take into consideration recommendations made about the current 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 considered making mathematics a compulsory subject.

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 enrolments in science-related subjects.

A national campaign to educate people about the value, place and role of mathematical literacy and mathematics was also suggested.

"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 increase the minimal pass rate, which currently stands at 30%.

Daniel Bad-Man 2014-08-03 02:23:58 PM
60% or bust!!!
Enig Ma 2014-08-03 02:25:56 PM
Just be fair and make the damn pass rate 15%. Lets meet in the centre between 0 and 30.
Akhenaten 2014-08-03 02:30:42 PM
It will take more than an increase of the pass rate to improve the standard of education. The standard has been allowed to drop over a period of twenty years and there is no quick fix. It will take at least four years to train teachers before we can start, but that would be a good beginning.
Vonie Mma 2014-08-03 02:49:09 PM
i think She's doing good so far though it's not an easy thing to lead Adults Well done Madam. What i don't understand is Why do we closing doors for those of an old curricullum coz some of them did not even know that they had a chance to re write their matric until now and it's too bad for them coz u closed that chance for them.
Richard Young 2014-08-03 02:50:02 PM
A lower pass mark will have more people passing. But as it is people scraping through with only 30% is not anyone who deserves to pass, they're incompetent. 50% is only knowing half of the questions asked in the exam. So an exam of 100 questions you only get 30 questions correct and now you think you're competent and knowledgable ? It will only bring the country into further chaos if it's lowered
Johan Steyn265 2014-08-03 02:51:51 PM
Ha ha ha ha ha first get teachers that can teach!!!
Brad Saunders 2014-08-03 02:52:43 PM
Which brain cell is Angie going to mull with? The one she sits on?
Moira Hlongwane 2014-08-03 03:04:20 PM
Why were the old methods of teaching changed in the first place! Most teachers have a concern that just when a topic has been introduced to the scholars then the schedule bounds them to move to the next. Are they ever listened with their concerns? And too many rights have been granted to our children.
Stephanes Heunis 2014-08-03 03:05:57 PM
Amelia Goodwin 2014-08-03 03:08:52 PM
The minimum pass rate should at this stage be increased to at least 40%. This will motivate learners to work harder. 40% is still very low and should gradually be increased to 60%. Learners will surprize all in how well they can apply themselves.