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‘You can’t go to university with 30%’ – Basic Education Dept

Article by: Ntando Mncube

The department of education has come under a lot criticism regarding the 30% matric pass mark.

The department said they are aware of the public outcry to bring the matric results to 50%, however they have designed their system to cater for different levels of achievement.

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga took the liberty during her media briefing on Tuesday, to explain how the 30% works.

The following are the marks needed to be obtained for the different admissions:

For the Bachelor Admission, one needs to obtain at least 40% for the Home Language they are studying at school, at least 50% in four other subjects and 30% in the language of learning.

For the Diploma Admission, at least 40% for the Home Language, 40% in three other subjects and 30% in the language of learning.

For the Higher Certificate, at least 40% in Home Language and two other subjects and 30% in language of learning and the other subject.

“It is not an accurate presentation to say you can go to university with 30%. “You can’t go to university with a 30% pass mark”, said Motshekga.

Minister Motshekga further mentioned the Second Chance Matric Program by the Department of Education that provides support to learners who want to rewrite their matric whether to improve their matric results or those who didn’t get a chance to complete their matric.

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