Department of Basic Education spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, says that the quality of matric passes has increased, despite concerns being raised over the 2015 pass rate after quality assurance body, Umalusi, revealed it is much worse than last year.
Speaking on Morning Live, Mhlanga says that a large number of students obtained Bachelor Degree passes which qualifies them to enter university. This may mean that many students will struggle to secure a place at university as spaces are limited.
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Meanwhile equal education general secretary ntuthuzo nduzumo say research shows that about half of those enrolled in grade one end up completing grade 12.
Most of these leaners fall through the cracks between grade 10 and 12.
Speaking on Safm's AM Live Nduzumo says there is 41% drop out rate.
He says many factors contribute to the high drop out rate.
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