Mar 28, 2017 Last Updated 9:05 AM, Mar 28, 2017

South African education pass rate hits five year low

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. 

Advtech acquires Botswanan school

ABN – Education group Advtech (JSE: ADH) has acquired Botswanan school Gaborone International for BWP70 million (US$7.4 million)

The acquisition is the first the group has made outside of South Africa and follows its recent purchase of Maravest School.

Gaborone International School was founded in 1993 and has 1,800 students.

It follows a Cambridge education syllabus and has students up to the age of 16.

The Botswana Competition Authority is yet to approve the acquisition. 


MEC Makgoe releases exam report

ABN – Free State Education MEC Tate Makgoe has reported that matric learners in the Gauteng province found the National Senior Certificate examinations fair and challenging.

The credibility of the examination is reported as being untarnished due to the very few and minor irregularities encountered.

Makgoe said: "We have started to investigate the four serious irregularities, which relate to candidates who were allegedly found in possession of unauthorised material in the exam room.

"We also recorded a few incidents where candidates fell ill during the examination sessions and could not finish writing.

“These candidates will be accommodated in the supplementary examinations of February 2015.”

The report was issued by Makgoe five weeks after exams started to be conducted on 12 2014 grade examinations.

Around 26,790 candidates have been partaking in exams at 329 centres across the province.

An estimated 2,479 marking personnel will now be deployed to the marking centres.


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