Matric pass: Are expectations too low?
Despite low requirements, many matrics are still failing.
While some schools are celebrating high pass rates with many matric candidates achieving sometimes multiple distinctions, others are expressing disappointment at their dismal results. The poor achievements are made even worse by the alarmingly low expectations required of matrics.

According to the Department of Basic Education guidelines, matrics must score the following minimum marks to pass:

40% in one of the compulsory official languages at home language level;
30% in the other required official language on, at least, first additional language level.
30% in mathematical literacy or mathematics.
40% in life orientation.
40% in one of the remaining three subjects, and at least 30% in two others.

According to News24, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that the matric class of 2013 received a pass rate of 78.2%. 

Is the material harder to get through than in previous generations? Are we expecting too much or too little from our learners?

What do you think? Should there be higher expectations for our exam candidates?

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