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Thursday, 9 January 2014

ANC Education Is Tops???

You know, we have all heard about the 2013 matric results. We have seen it discussed at length and seen how they have been contested. We all know that for ages now the standard of education in South Africa is worthless. And yet routinely I have to listen to the diehard ANC supporters telling us just how much better the new education is especially in light of the old Bantu Education.

Well, as I have been saying for ages now, at least matriculants under the Bantu Education system knew how to, read, write, do basic arithmetic and make a basic argument - not so with the matriculants from today. These kids are illiterate and are given a matric certificate which states that they have received results which are acceptable to the government to allow them to go to university. And that pass mark is 30%.

I had an old principal who used to drum it into our heads constantly at school that you did not GET an education - you earned one. That means you work for it. His favourite example was the payment one: if you get 30% for the subject you should only be paid 30c of every Rand you earn. If you get 90% you get 90c of every Rand. Now if only we could get schools to see this? But wishing sometimes makes me sad. 

The latest study to come out states that a majority of matric students (ie: ones who have been in formal schooling for at least 12 years) cannot write in paragraphs, do not understand matric exam questions and are unfamiliar with the key terminology used in their subjects.

They passed, but can't read

KATHARINE CHILD | 09 January, 2014 06:48

Many matric students cannot write in paragraphs, do not understand matric exam questions and are unfamiliar with the key terminology used in their subjects.

In short, many pupils can barely read and write in English.
This was the main finding of the Third National Diagnostic Report into the 2013 matric exams.
Senior markers analysed 100 exam papers from each subject before compiling the report, which is aimed at helping teachers prepare this year's matrics for their final exams. The report also found:
  • Pupils fared better responding to questions that required short answers. They battled with questions that required longer, more complex answers, and did not use paragraphs in their answers;
  • Pupils struggled to argue points and substantiate their ideas;
  • Questions related to the curriculum taught near the end of year were particularly poorly answered, suggesting that teachers had not completed the curriculum; and
  • Pupils did not understand terms that are standard in most questions such as "quote", "explain" and "analyse".
In the mathematics exam, poor literacy led to "responses that were far removed from the required answer".

Many pupils were also unable to read graphs and maps.

Markers also concluded that many history pupils did not have access to textbooks.

The report made a number of recommendations to teachers, including teaching "assessment vocabulary" so that pupils could understand words like "identify" or "quote" and answer questions appropriately.

Teachers were urged to teach content in greater detail, and to refer to the provided examination guidelines, which set out what content pupils will be tested on in the final exams.

The report further recommended that regular tests be held in class throughout the year.

National and Professional Teachers of South Africa chairman Basil Manuel said the union was not surprised at the low level of literacy in English.

"We must remember that more than 70% of matric pupils are writing in a second language.

"It has long been known that many teachers switch from English to the vernacular to make themselves better understood.

"Teachers in rural areas need opportunities to improve their English skills."

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga is quoted in the report as saying: "Though the class of 2013 has recorded the highest pass rate in six years, the quality of passes in key subjects such as mathematics, physical sciences and accounting are still below desirable levels."


  1. GG, I think that even the dumbest in the ANC know the real truth. They can say whatever they want or like, but the truth is that they give supermorons a socalled matric certificate. Worth nothing. And now these illiterarates must become some doctor, pilot, engineer or architetect. It is impossible. You and I know that basic mathematics is needed everyday to live your life. A simple one is if you want to go to the Cape, you must know how far you can go on one a tank of petrol. These idiots cannot even figure that one out. The ANC can ride the top wave on the " good " results. But many will not see the real results, because by that time AIDS would have taken them all. So why worry about the dumbed down education. The big problem however is that they teach that same crap to our intelligent white race.

    1. I agree with you but we do have to worry about the dumbed down education. The longer they keep even their "graduates" illiterate the longer the masses will take what they say at rallies handing out food parcels as gospel and keep voting for them.

      I have repeatedly said that had the ANC been serious about even 1% of the promises that they made they would have simply started giving black grade 1's from 1994 onwards the exact same education that was received in the white schools previously. However, considering the fact that most blacks are not anywhere near as academically minded as the most whites, this would have shown them up to be dismal failures a lot sooner.