Eastern Cape MEC for Education, Fundile Gade said the class of 2020 has a good chance of getting doing better than matric classes from previous years.
“The other thing which is an advantage for this cohort is that they have been able to access the eLearning solution which others didn’t have and also the calendar that has been altered via the minister’s instruction has also given them space to prepare thoroughly for the academic final examinations so we are going to get that 80%”
Some educational experts have warned against setting a pass rate for the class of 2020.
They have predicted that this year’s matriculants will have a lower pass rate and fewer distinctions than matriculants in past years.
A professor of economics at Stellenbosch University, Servaas van der Berg said the average matriculant has most likely lost “about a quarter of the scheduled school days this year”.
He said even learners at well-resourced schools were at risk of having a low pass rate.
National President of the South African Principals’ Association, David de Korte said the pass rate is expected to decrease by 3% to 5%.
“We will most likely see at least 80% of progressed learners failing and this will further pull the average down.”
Unions have also warned that setting a pass rate will put pressure on learners.
National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA (Naptosa) spokesperson Thirona Moodley said this year has not been like every other year.
“What benchmark can be used to set targets for a year such as this? This year has been an abnormal year for all. Grade 12 pupils came face-to-face with their teachers for 11 years and, unfortunately, in their final school year, they were forced to do much self-studying, which is new to them,” she said.
Learners will start on 5 November and end on 15 December 2020.
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