Maths pass mark to be lowered to 20% for Grades 7 to 9

The newly appointed head of the Western Cape Education Department, Brian Schreuder, has confirmed reports that the pass marks for Grades 7 to 9 in mathematics has been lowered to 20%.

In explaining the decision, Schreuder says there were concerns that learners were passing other subjects but failing mathematics.

When a learner, specifically those in Grades 7 to 9, has failed mathematics it means they can't be promoted to another level because mathematics is a compulsory pass subject.

Mathematics is a huge problem in our society. The quality and the number of passes in mathematics is a challenge.

Brian Schreuder, head of the Western Cape Education Department

A directive was issued for those learners who have passed everything but failed mathematics be considered so that they can continue to FET's or Grade 10.

A decision was taken that the group of learners who fail mathematics must not have less than 20% minimum pass mark to be given an opportunity to do mathematics literacy, says Schreuder.

However the Western Cape is not happy with 20%, we think its too low, it should've been 30%.

Brian Schreuder, head of the Western Cape Education Department

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