44 % of students dont make it from Grade 10 to Grade 12

Close analysis of the 2016 matric results reveals a very high ‘drop-out rate’, leading to speculation that some learners may have been ‘culled’ to inflate the matric pass rate.

According to the Department of Basic Education’s figures, 1 100 877 learners enrolled for Grade 10 in 2014, but only 610 178 enrolled for Grade 12 in 2016.

This means that 44,6% of learners either dropped out of the system altogether or remain stuck in Grade 10 and 11.

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“We have written to Minister Angie Motshekga to request an investigation into the high ‘drop-out’ rate, and specifically whether it is the result of learners being ‘culled’ by schools under pressure from districts and provincial education departments,” said the Democratic Alliance in a statement.