Unisa Satisfied With 2020 Matric Results

The 2020 matric pass rate dropped by 5,1% and Professor Moeketsi Letseka, the UNESCO chair on open distance learning at UNISA says that under the circumstances these results should be welcomed. 


The 2020 matric pass rate for public schools was 76.2% this is a 5.1% drop from the 2019 matric pass rate. Many have welcomed the pass rate as the matrics of 2020 faced unprecedented challenges caused by the outbreak of Covid-19 and the national lockdown. 

There have been comparisons between the IEB matric pass rate which was 98.07% and the public school pass rate however many have said that these IEB schools were provided with a lot of resources to ensure that matrics didn't miss out on teaching and learning. 

Professor Moeketsi Letseka, the UNESCO chair on open distance learning at UNISA says that the public school matric pass rate should be looked at in the context of the 2020 year. 

He says that the 2020 class of matrics faced challenges like no other matric year, such as reduced class time due to disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

"We are looking at a class that never actually spent time in classes," said Professor Letseka. 

He says that it was not a normal year and that we need to be satisfied with the drop in the pass rate as it wasn't as bad as everyone had expected. 

"If children cannot be in class for the whole year and we can still come out of that horrible year with a 76.2%, I think we did well."-UNESCO chair on open distance learning at UNISA, Professor Moeketsi Letseka. 

Letseka says that the class of 2020 displayed resilience and maturity in the face of adversity. 

In terms of teaching and learning in 2021, Professor Letseka says that Covid-19 has forced the education system to look at online learning but he says that many learners across South Africa may not be able to afford this.

He says that cellular companies should be consulted with to make a pledge that they would support learners and their education by making provisions of free devices or cross-subsidizing data. 

"They need to be called to come to the party and consider that they have a moral obligation to contribute tangibly towards improving education."-UNESCO chair on open distance learning at UNISA, Professor Moeketsi Letseka.


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