Is Mathematics Pass Rate Reduced To 20% In South Africa?


The Department of Basic Education of South
Africa has denied alleged social media reports, that the minimum pass requirements for Basic
school Mathematics have been “lowered to 20%” in the senior phase, that is grade
seven to grade nine. According to a statement made by the Department
on Sunday 29 December 2019, the said articles, with the false reports, have appeared in various
news platforms. The Department indicated that there is no
change to the minimum pass requirements for Mathematics in grade 7 to grade 12. In terms of the National Education Policy
Act, any policy change would be made by the Basic Education Minister, after consultation
with the Council of Education Ministers, and using appropriate channels, such as a government
gazette, or a circular, both of which would be communicated officially by the Department. Furthermore, the department urged members
of the public to be cautious about information received from third parties, regarding departmental
matters, and to rather encourage the members of the public to seek official comment from
the Department. These are the words of the Department. Some people have seemingly fallen victim to
this fake news, accusing the Department of having reduced the pass mark for Mathematics
to 20%. This could not be further from the truth. It is mischievous of some people to take old
information, and make it look like it is a new policy directive. We condemn the misleading headline, and the
peddling of false information. South Africans are urged to refrain from sharing
incorrect and misleading content, which causes confusion and panic, especially among parents
and learners alike. Please check in the description box below,
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Michael Martin

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