Halala or hogwash: schools of thought on matric

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Halala or hogwash: schools of thought on matric

FREE TO READ | Did the results make you shout in celebration or groan ‘ho hum’? Or is it a case of the class half full?

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Three South Africans called Quid, Pro and Quo had it out on Tuesday night:

Quid: Halala, comrades! Halala! For the first time in 25 years the NSC (matric) pass rate has breached 80%! Wow. The system is stabilising, the government is working, and the children are passing. We are only going up every year – from 53.4% in 1995 to 81.3% in 2019, a growth of 3.1% over last year alone. Halala!

Pro: For heaven’s sake, Quid. You know the truth. Of the 1,052,080 pupils enrolled in Grade 10, only 409,906 passed in Grade 12 which makes the cohort pass rate 38.9%, argues Nomsa Marchesi. Or by another measure, of the 972,909 pupils who started in Grade 2, only 409,998 Grade 12s passed, in which case the real pass rate is 42%, calculates Nic Spaull. Halala, my foot...

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