Banana Republic – Standards of basic education to be lowered, ‘yet again’

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, announced a new plan to lower the pass mark in public schools even more. This, despite that fact that our current education system ranks amongst the lowest 5 in the WORLD!

The department is seeking to lower the minimum mark required to progress in the senior phase – Grades 7, 8 and 9.

Currently, these learners do not move to the next grade if they get below 50% for their home language.

However, the department now wants this home language threshold reduced to 40%. It proposes that pupils should pass if they get 40% in their mother tongue and three other subjects.

And, for the first time, achieving 30% in three subjects in the grades would see learners moving to the next grade. The public has 21 days to comment on these proposals, which were published in the government gazette on Friday.

In 2016, the department sparked an outcry when it instructed public schools to condone all those in Grades 7 to 9 who obtained 20% in mathematics. And last year, it dropped mathematics as a compulsory subject to pass those grades.

We are now fast approaching the point where a pupil will be able to pass matric for ATTENDING school only!

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