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Motsoeneng: Brains Better than Qualifications

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng says getting a ‘piece of paper’ when you complete matric is not enough.

Motsoeneng states that, "You have two kinds of people in this world. You have certificated people and educated people. You can have many degrees but also in that you need a brain."

Clarifying what he meant in a speech he delivered at the announcement of the matric results, Motsoeneng adds that he was trying to explain that a qualification was not enough.

Highest Matric Pass Rate Since 1994

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has announced that the national pass rate for the 2013 National Senior Certificate has increased from 4.3 percent to 78.2 percent – the highest figure since 1994.

Motshekga celebrates matriculants for their hard work and sleepless nights.

"I congratulate the class of 2013 for being the best class since the advent of democracy, and encourage every learner to go further than their predecessors and strive to excel in higher education, the workplace and in your general contributions as South African citizens”, states Motshekga.

Are the Ministerial Task Team Recommendations Good Enough?

The recently reported recommendations made by the Ministerial Task Team are indeed a step in the right direction for education in South Africa, however there has to be an appreciation that the challenges are also endemic in the system.  For example, the recommendations do not even begin to scratch the surface when it comes to the question of the high dropout rate before matric.

One is very happy that the report by the Ministerial Task Team agrees with public opinion concerning the quality of matric. But one cannot help but ask, are these recommendations good enough?

Poor Performance in Maths, Science, Physics

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says only 20 percent of pupils writing matric mathematics and physical science examinations achieve a pass mark of more than 50 percent.
 
SAIRR The Institute says the proportion of pupils achieving a pass mark in mathematics of between 70 and 100 percent has fallen to 5.9 percent in 2011 from 8.3 percent in 2008 when the National Senior Certificate was introduced.
 

Living Through Learning: Mathematics Educator

Living Through Learning (LTL) is a nonprofit organisation operating in the education sector assisting disadvantaged youth and educators. LTL assists specifically in the literacy, technical subject assistance and educator training arenas.

The Tertiary Education Access Channel (TEACH) project to assists 40 matriculants of 2012 bridge the gap between their high school and technical university studies.

LTL seeks to appoint a maths professional as Mathematics Educator for an innovative post-matric bridging project, based in Cape Town.

Living Through Learning: Volunteer Bookkeeper

Living Through Learning (LTL) is a nonprofit organisation operating in the education sector assisting disadvantaged youth and educators. LTL assists specifically in the literacy, technical subject assistance and educator training arenas.

LTL seeks to appoint a part-time Volunteer Bookkeeper, based in Cape Town.

LTL has currently two main projects underway and is in need of a part-time bookkeeper to assist with account payments, project budgeting, salaries etc.

LTL is looking for someone who is willing to contribute to society through voluntary assistance.

Living Through Learning: English Facilitator

Living Through Learning (LTL) is a nonprofit organisation operating in the education sector assisting disadvantaged youth and educators. LTL assists specifically in the literacy, technical subject assistance and educator training arenas.

LTL seeks to appoint an English Facilitator, based in Cape Town, for an innovative post-matric bridging project.

LTL will be running a post-matric bridging college for learners to bridge them into technical degrees at University. The project comprises a soft skills and subject intervention component.

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Call to Increase Matric Pass Mark

Pressure is mounting on the government to improve the quality of education, with civil society calling for the Matric pass mark to be increased from 33 to 50 percent.

The call, which is led by the Citizens Movement for Social Change - a coalition of civil society activists aimed at influencing public policy - also wants the government to review its relationship with the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU).

Matric Pass Rate Welcomed With Caution

Political parties, trade unions and education advocacy groups have welcomed the class of 2011’s matric pass rate with caution.

The South African Democratic Trade Union said the results showed an improvement, but that inequalities still plagued schools and provinces.

The union pointed out that, “The results reflect an inequality in our society. Our sense is that issues of historical disadvantaged and poverty associated with race, class and the rural-urban divide are still prevalent.”

Matric Results Won’t Be Published this Year

The Basic Education Department will announce that matric results will not be published in newspapers and on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) call line, after media houses missed the deadline to apply for rights to publish.

The department's spokesperson, Panyaza Lesufi, says they will be meeting with the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) to break the news.

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