South Africa’s mathematical surprise
Mathematics performance among South African students remains surprisingly low, as more students choose to take Mathematics Literacy rather than Basic Mathematics.
The recent matrix results announced by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga reflected a pass rate of 76.2%, more than five percentage points compared to last year’s results.
Additionally, the “actual enrollment pass rate,” which measures the number of students who enrolled in grade 10 two years earlier and passed their 2020 enrollment exam, is now 44.1%.
The Department of Education noted in its report that it was concerned about the significant decline in the passing rate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences.
A pass refers to the achievement of 30% or more in a subject.
The matrix results data reflect the …