Equal Education has slammed the Department of Basic Education's decision to implement a 20% pass requirement in mathematics for pupils in grade 7 to 9.
Equal Education deputy general secretary, Ntuthuzo Ndzomo, says the department fails to deal with problems existing in the senior phase, and employs teachers who don't have qualifications.
Ndzomo says many learners fail to meet the 40% maths requirement because they don't receive a good foundation.
The reason why learners struggle to make it to the 40% is because they never received a proper foundation phase, where either they didn't have a maths teacher or the type of maths they received was not adequate enough to get to grade 7.— Ntuthuzo Ndzomo, Equal Education deputy general secretary
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Basic Education announced that pupils who passed Maths by no less than 20% and all other subjects will be condoned to the next grade.
The department said it is reducing the maths pass requirement from the current 40% because of concerns of poor leaner performance from schools.