Education specialists suggest that the dip in the 2015 matric pass rate was strongly influenced by passing through the system learners who failed – known as progressed learners.
CEO of Umalusi Dr Mafu Rakometsi said the negative effect of progressed learners on the the 2015 matric pass rate is negligible.
Meanwhile educational specialist Nic Spaull advised that the impact of these learners cannot be accurately measured as districts and departments do not sufficiently record the number of pupils progressed.
Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:
Progressing learners is informed by the notion of having learners taught with their cohort.— Dr Mafu Rakometsi, CEO of Umalusi
The impact of progressed learners on the system was not huge and ranged from 1% to 4% of results dropping in individual subjects.— Dr Mafu Rakometsi, CEO of Umalusi
The education department has intervention programmes for progressed learners.— Dr Mafu Rakometsi, CEO of Umalusi
I disagree. The department does not know all of the progressed learners.— Nic Spaull, educational specialist
@RediTlhabi why are we taking up a policy of pushing kids out of the schooling system. Should we not rather create alternate leaning bodies?— King Sbu (@SbuIsKing) January 25, 2016
@RediTlhabi progressing learners is like wiping the flooded floor and ignoring the running tap...SMH— Vumile Yoliswa (@vumiley) January 25, 2016
@RediTlhabi NO progression is not solving the problem. Gov should create colleges that provide skilled courses like hairdressing, plumbing— Nontobeko Monyela (@NtobekoMonyela) January 25, 2016