Disruptions to schooling at the lower grades should be remedied, otherwise there could be a serious impact on the quality of Matriculants a decade or more from now.
There are a few things South Africa needs to do to close the gap between what the education system produces and what the job market needs.
Performance in mathematics matters for university entrance. Without it, school leavers are not eligible for many programmes.
Many of the privileges that middle-class students enjoy are not obvious, even to themselves.
South African universities are failing to graduate the strongest students the schooling system has to offer.
South Africa's annual matric pass rate obscures important differences in provincial achievements, the rural and urban divide and the unequal outcomes for learners in poorer schools.
South Africa's matric results and data from national benchmarking tests suggest that many school leavers aren't ready for university. It's also worth asking: are universities ready for them?
Their school careers are over – but what did South Africa's matric class of 2015 actually learn, and how many of them are ready for what comes next?