should we not celebrate our participation rather than our placement? isn't that how schools are doing it these days? if we put too much emphasis on where they end rather than praising them for their participation we might damage our fragile children.
It would be surprising if SA was any higher tbh. This country has developed an environment where ability is not the primary consideration in judging suitability for leadership and general employment. It would make no sense if this attitude didn't filter down and poison the education system. Only a brain dead government thinks that the solution to a low pass rate is to lower the requirements to pass.
Most former Model C schools are excellent. Experiencing it for the second time around now (kids starting) I find that the quality of education, specifically the speed at which they have to learn, is at a different level to 30 years ago. Easiest is to check if your school has any SADTU teachers. If it has, run.