ABN – Following changes to the curriculum system the South African school pass rate for final year students has fallen for the first time in five years.
The success rate dropped from 78.2% in 2013 to 75.8% in 2014 with Gauteng performing best with 84.7% of students passing.
Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga said: “We are very mindful of the fact that change, no matter how well intended and small it might be, brings about uncertainty and instability in the system.
“However, there is no doubt that over the next few years the system will adapt to these changes.”
The government plans to improve these results by raising the minimum requirements necessary to achieve a pass mark.