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23 Feb 2021
6:33 am

Matrics, teachers did SA proud despite pass rate decline


The result also shows that our education system is resilient – it did not collapse under the strain of Covid-19.

Picture: Tracy Lee Stark 

The decline of about four percentage points in the overall pass mark for the 2020 government matric exams is something which could be eagerly seized upon by critics of the government to show the decline of our education system. But that would not merely be untrue, it would be unfair – especially given the reality that the 2020 school year was disrupted severely by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Specifically, the lockdowns and restrictions on pupils returning to school – intended to help protect vulnerable teachers and relatives of pupils more than the students themselves – battered the lives...