The Department of Education is set to release the matric results for the class of 2015 on 5 January, with individual student results scheduled to be available from 6 January.
Exam monitoring body Umalusi has already said learners from 2015 performed worse than their predecessors from 2014.
“The standards of the papers might have contributed to the performance, but the standards can’t be dropped just to push up the [pass] rate,” said Umalusi council chairperson Professor John Volmink.
The class of 2014 achieved a pass rate of 75.8%. The “real pass rate” – taking into account students who dropped out over the class’s 12 year cycle – was stated as 41.7%.
Many education experts also complained about the low pass requirements, which they said hide the poor quality of the country’s education system.
What it takes to pass matric
According to a report by Africa Check, matric students must take a minimum of 7 subjects.
3 of these are compulsory subjects, which include a first language; a first additional language; mathematics or mathematical literacy; and life orientation.
Pupils need 40% in 3 of the compulsory subjects – including a home language – and 30% in 3 other subjects.
Students are not required to pass the 7th subject if the above requirements are met.
According to the report, a matric pass at the “lowest possible level” does not grant a student access to a technical college or university.
Note: Minimum matric pass requirements are listed on the Department of Education’s website, but state that a learner must pass 3 subjects at 40%, 2 at 30%, and 1 at 20%.
Bachelor’s Degree admission
The minimum requirements for entry to a bachelor’s degree, as listed by the Department of Education and NMMU, are as follows:
- Pass the National Senior Certificate
- Obtain an achievement rating of 4 – Adequate Achievement, 50% – 59% – or better in 4 designated subjects.