Maths and bodily science cross charges present a decline, even after leaked papers

The outcomes of the 2 topics that just about plunged the 2020 matric examinations into chaos have proven a decline. 

Of the 233 315 candidates who wrote arithmetic, 125 526 handed, leading to a 53.eight% cross price, down from 54.6% in 2019. 

Of the 174 310 candidates who wrote bodily science, solely 114 758 handed, equating to 65.eight%, a decline from the 75.5% cross price in 2019. 

That is contained within the division of primary schooling’s nationwide senior certificates 2020 examination report revealed on Monday after Fundamental Training Minister Angie Motshekga released the results.

The examination papers for the 2 topics had been leaked hours earlier than they had been written final 12 months. The leaks are nonetheless being additional investigated. 

The leaks led to Motshekga saying that there can be a nationwide rewrite of the 2 topics to keep up the examinations’ integrity, which was the primary time a nationwide rewrite would happen. 

However ultimately, the rewrites didn’t occur: the Pretoria high court dominated in opposition to the choice after particular person learners and the South African Democratic Teachers union (Sadtu) took Motshekga to courtroom, asking that the courtroom put aside her choice. 

Two weeks in the past, the division introduced that one among its investigations had concluded that the leak was not widespread, and that the integrity of the examination had not been compromised.

Final week high quality assurer Umalusi additionally authorized the discharge of the outcomes, after discovering that there have been no systemic irregularities that may have compromised the credibility and integrity of the matric exams. 

Outcomes of gateway topics, together with physics and arithmetic, are in step with these of 2019, recording solely slight will increase or declines.

The best cross charges are for historical past, which had a 92% cross price, and life orientation, which noticed a slight lower, from 99.eight% in 2019 to 99.four% in 2020. The enterprise research cross price skilled a pointy drop: it fell from 77.9% in 2019 to 71% in 2020.

Residence languages’ efficiency has remained secure over time, with a cross price of greater than 90% since 2016. IsiNdebele and Tshivenda recorded a 99.9% cross price; IsiXhosa and SiSwati scored 99.6%.

The share of distinctions achieved in some gateway topics, comparable to enterprise research, accounting, economics, arithmetic, historical past and English first extra language elevated in 2020. Nonetheless, different gateway topics noticed a slight lower in distinctions. 

Of the 474 718 learners who wrote English first extra language, 10 301 obtained distinctions. And seven 424 of the 233 315 learners who wrote arithmetic acquired distinctions, which is a rise of three.2% from 2019. 

There was additionally a rise of three.7% within the distinctions obtained in bodily science final 12 months. Of the 174 310 candidates who wrote the topic, 6 368 obtained distinctions. 

There have been 2 058 learners with particular wants who wrote the exams. Of those, 1 757 handed: 943 achieved bachelor’s passes and 582 obtained a diploma cross. There have been 653 distinctions by learners with particular schooling wants, and these had been in vital topics. The provinces that had probably the most distinctions by these learners are Free State (245) and Gauteng (313). 

The category of 2020 has been congratulated for beating the percentages, which had been stacked in opposition to them final 12 months. 

The 2 main academics unions, Sadtu and the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa), welcomed the outcomes and congratulated their members for going the additional mile to make sure that they coated the curriculum. 

“That we managed to realize a cross price of 76.2% within the face of the adversity grade 12 learners skilled in 2020 is past expectation. Naptosa congratulates every matriculant who was profitable within the 2020 examination. Dedication, resilience, and exhausting work as soon as once more proved to be the weather of success.

“Whereas it’s becoming to congratulate the [provincial] schooling departments, it’s our academics who deserve all of the accolades. What matric academics managed to realize within the severely compromised instructing time of 2020 is one thing to behold,” the union mentioned in an announcement. 

Sadtu mentioned the decline within the outcomes from 81.three% in 2019 to 76.2% didn’t come as a shock, “following the disruptions skilled in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic”.

“The 2020 class deserves our utmost reward for enduring probably the most difficult 12 months,” added the union. 

Sadtu additionally praised no-fee colleges for persevering with with the pattern of manufacturing “high quality passes”. 

No-fee colleges produced 58% of bachelor’s passes, up from 55% in 2019. The variety of learners from no-fee colleges passing with bachelor’s and diploma ranges is increased than these from fee-paying colleges. 

“These colleges [that] suffered as a consequence of lack of assets had been the toughest hit by Covid-19 as they’d little or no entry to blended studying alternatives and, subsequently, couldn’t proceed studying from house through the lockdown,” Sadtu mentioned. “When colleges finally opened, learners from these colleges couldn’t simply modify to the brand new Covid-19 atmosphere, as a result of their colleges couldn’t meet all of the Covid-19 protocols.”