Amanda Watson
News Editor
3 minute read
22 Feb 2021
5:00 am

Get ready for a matric results shocker – expert

Amanda Watson

Myriad reports have shown public schools were ill-prepared for pupils in 2021, which means in 2020, they were already in shambles.

Saheti School matriculants, from left, Andrew Oseghale, who achieved 2 distinctions, George Hicks with 9 distinctions, Sofia Rovithis, who achieved 6 distinctions, and Despina Lazanakis, who also achieved 6 distinctions, celebrate after collecting their 2020 matric results, 19 February 2021, at Saheti in Bedfordview. Picture: Michel Bega

Given the inequalities in South African society were widened by Covid-19, a significant drop in the release of matric results should be expected today, Unesco Chair on Open Distance Learning (ODL) at Unisa Professor Moeketsi Letseka cautioned yesterday. “Professor Servaas van der Berg of Stellenbosch University projects just over 5% decline from the 81.3% pass rate achieved in 2019, and I think he’s being nice,” said Letseka. “My view, is that it is going to be worse than that.” Pointing to the second year-on-year drop in IEB results, Letseka notes that the drop was significant because of the small numbers...