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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announces South Africa’s 2019 matric results and congratulates top achievers. Flickr/GCIS

Why South Africa’s declining maths performance is a worry

Performance in mathematics matters for university entrance. Without it, school leavers are not eligible for many programmes.
There are big problems in South Africa’s school systems. These aren’t often discussed when matric results are released. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Why caution is called for when analysing South Africa’s matric results

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.
Prospective students rush the gates of the University of Johannesburg during a deadly 2012 stampede. Are South Africa’s universities ready for the latest crop of matriculants? Adrian De Kock/EPA

South Africa’s universities may not be ready for the latest crop of school leavers

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?

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