Jan 20, 2022

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‘We don’t have a 30% pass mark’: Angie Motshekga responds to outcry

The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, has responded to the ongoing public debate about the pass mark, rejecting claims that it is 30%.

The minister said the debate and allegations about the pass mark showed a lack of understanding of the requirements of the NSC pass.

The requirements are divided into three categories that qualify students for either a bachelor’s or diploma degree and the higher certificate pass.

    < li> In order to obtain a bachelor’s pass, the minister said, students would have to acquire at least 40% for their home language, 50% in four other subjects and at least 30% for the language of study.
  • For a diploma, the Students achieve 40% in their home language, at least 40% in three other subjects and at least 30% in the language of study.
  • For a higher degree, the grade of the home language passport remains 40%, at least 30% in the language of study and the like nd at least 40% in two subjects and at least 30% in other subjects .

    The minister reiterated that 30% is a minimum requirement for a single subject and not a total number of points for passing all subjects in grade 12.

    % going to university ‘does not apply. You can’t go to university with 30%, “said the minister.

    Motshekga threw a slap at the critics who enrolled on the previous curriculum and said they had to look at their own certificates and see if there aren’t any. It’s not a standard certificate.

    “You may have had six aces, but somewhere, maybe in Afrikaans, you have 30% and are a doctor today. It’s the same drama, “she said.

    A leader of the SA movement, Mmusi Maimane, is at the forefront of the” high school diploma debate “and has criticized the basic education system for failing and failing students they were given minimum standards.

    Maimane said the 30% inventory requirement for certain subjects demonstrates the department’s failure to equip students for competitive post-high school requirements.

    “When the education outcomes are announced it is compared to that 30%, which means that our young people are ultimately mediocre in schools, that we cannot compete globally and will ultimately have a catastrophic impact on our economy” said Maimane.

    The movement launched a petition last week demanding that basic education lift the 30% mark. The petition has received over 10,000 signatures so far.