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Motshekga mulls matric recommendations

2014-08-03 14:22

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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%.

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