Matric Results Vs. General Results
The 2009 School year Matric Results are out. The kids of today have done worse than the kids of yesterday…
A “nearly 2%” reduction in pass rate is what the Basic Education minister had to report this morning. My question is how does that compare to the overall pass rate of all the other Grades 1-12?
Are people in Matric just because administrators are making space for new learners? Are kids being promoted to higher grades when they are actually unprepared or unable to cope?
If 40% of ALL the kids failed during the year we would have a massive backlog of students. How can so many PASSING students suddenly become FAILURES? What are the factors that turn these students into jabbering idiots? Is the pressure of writing too much for the emotionally immature youth? Have they been so sheltered all their lives that now suddenly they can not deal with a little pressure?
Maybe the system of final exams is not the answer. Maybe we should be assessing the kids during the year and not write exams at the end of the year. Maybe all the CRAMMING on all 8 subjects with more than 2 exams per subject is just too much for the kids of SA. Force feeding so much information into your brain at once surely does not work?
I say the system is to blame and not the individual kid, after all no one WANTS to be a FAILURE?