The ACDP today welcomed a report which indicates that the Class of 2017 have performed better than the Class of 2016 in the NSC exams.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) reported to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Basic Education this week, on the performance of the November 2017 and 2018 Supplementary examinations, providing a complete picture of the performance of the Class of 2017.

ACDP Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley today congratulated the department on the strides they have made in terms of improving the NSC pass rate overall.

The report indicates that the number of candidates that achieved the NSC has increased from 401 435 to 411 523, an increase of 10 088 candidates.

Dudley however says that, “The percentage of female candidates who achieved passes over the reported period raises alarm bells. It confirms that our efforts to empower female students have been less effective than expected. An increased emphasis on access to sanitary pads and discussions with female students on how cultural norms, customary practices and domestic responsibilities impact on the performance of girls - is needed.”

The combined results for NSC November 2017 and Supplementary Exam in 2018 achieved per gender show that out of a total of 240 481 male candidates who wrote, 188 400 (78.3%) of them achieved passes. 223 123 (74.6%) female candidates achieved passes, out of the 298 894 who sat for the exam.

“The ACDP calls on the DBE to work with the Gender Commission who have valuable information on challenges - like cultural norms - facing young women. This will help deepen their understanding and assist in accurately addressing issues identified through consultation with female students and their parents.”

“The ACDP also call on the Department of Basic Education to ensure that budget is directed to provinces to enable schools to effectively consult with female students and parents annually throughout their high school years.

“If the issues identified as negatively impacting on female students are in the purview of other departments, these departments must form part of a coordinated response”, Dudley added.

The November 2016 NSC exam combined with the 2017 NSC supplementary exam saw a number of 456 437 (74.5%) passes achieved. The November 2017 NSC exam combined with the 2018 NSC supplementary exam show that 411 523 (76.3%) passes were achieved.


ISSUED BY: CHERYLLYN DUDLEY MP

29 August 2018