Education Dept insists condoning 20% for mathematics is a policy intervention

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has come under criticism after it announced that Grade 7 to 9 learners who obtained 20% for mathematics would be condoned to pass onto the next grade.

This after it released its Special Condonation Dispensation Report, which the department claims would only be implemented for the 2016 academic year.

We're saying that for a national senior certificate, you really don't need to pass at 40% if you're not going to do maths.

Matanzima Mweli, Department of Basic Education

Director-General of DBE, Matanzima Mweli, spoke to 702's John Robbie about why the recent measures have been introduced.

He said the intervention came after nation-wide consultation by Minister of Education, Angie Motshekga, with trade union representatives, teachers and principals.

What is the rationale of insisting that a pre-condition of a learner to pass should be to pass mathematics at 40% when the majority of them will not do mathematics at Grade 10?

Matanzima Mweli, Department of Basic Education

Listen to the interview below:


This article first appeared on 702 : Education Dept insists condoning 20% for mathematics is a policy intervention


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
DBE employs unqualified maths teachers - Equal Education

DBE employs unqualified maths teachers - Equal Education

Equal Education says the Department of Basic Education fails to deal with problems existing in both foundation and senior phases.

20% maths pass mark only on the table for 2016

20% maths pass mark only on the table for 2016

Department of Basic Education says the reduction in maths pass requirement is a once off measure for this year only.

Basic Education has failed to meet infrastructure targets in schools

Basic Education has failed to meet infrastructure targets in schools

Equal Education has filed court papers against Basic Education Department for failing to meet norms and standards deadline.

Teacher jobs for cash saga gets an ear in Parliament

Teacher jobs for cash saga gets an ear in Parliament

EWN's Ilze Marie Le Roux reports on outcome of Parliamentary review meeting looking into cash for jobs saga.

Motshekga updates on schools upgrade and leaked exam paper

Motshekga updates on schools upgrade and leaked exam paper

Minister of Basic Education talks infrastructure progress in schools and says arrest for leaked exam paper is imminent.

Hawks and SAPS to investigate Limpopo matric paper leak

Hawks and SAPS to investigate Limpopo matric paper leak

Matric paper leak in Limpopo carried out by someone familiar with the system to avoid being traced, says Basic Education Dept.

Motshekga and Nzimande applaud the fighting spirit of SA youth

Motshekga and Nzimande applaud the fighting spirit of SA youth

The education ministers have urged scores of youth at the Orlando Stadium to remember the legacy of the young people of 1976.

Communities knew about teacher jobs for cash incidents

Communities knew about teacher jobs for cash incidents

Community members have spoken up following revelations of teacher jobs for cash scandal by the basic education department.

Motshekga 'freezes' posts amid jobs-for-cash scandal

Motshekga 'freezes' posts amid jobs-for-cash scandal

Basic education minister, Angie Motshekga, halts appointments of teacher posts in a swift move amid jobs for cash scandal.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] Cervical cancer is the only cancer that is caused by sex - Dr Eve

[LISTEN] Cervical cancer is the only cancer that is caused by sex - Dr Eve

Dr Eve discusses cervical cancer and how it can be prevented.

Angry customer stops at nothing to expose bad service at upmarket hotel

Angry customer stops at nothing to expose bad service at upmarket hotel

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone Viral'.

Motorist who killed two goslings has been identified

Motorist who killed two goslings has been identified

According to the SPCA, he will be charged with contravention of the Animal Protection Act.

Gift of the Givers' Dr Imtiaz Sooliman – angel amongst men – talks about money

Gift of the Givers' Dr Imtiaz Sooliman – angel amongst men – talks about money

"I have no desire for clothes. I have no desire for holidays. I have no desire for outings. All I see is the suffering of people…"

Group distances itself from N2 car spinners caught on film

Group distances itself from N2 car spinners caught on film

It turns out that the petrol heads who span cars on the N2 were part of the SA Torque Cape Town Breakfast Run.

Uber customer threatened with hockey stick by driver

Uber customer threatened with hockey stick by driver

An Uber customer shares how she was threatened by an Uber driver with a hockey stick after a disagreement.

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Residents are urged to take note of the schedules as Stage 1 load s​hedding remains a possibility.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.