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naptosa thumb medium70 99TimesLive reports that the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA (Naptosa) has lauded the improvement in matric results‚ but also cautioned that it was not true that no-fee schools "outstripped" fee-paying schools in terms of performance.  

During the matric results announcement‚ Basic Minister of Education Angie Motshekga announced that university passes in “no fee” schools‚ reached 76‚300; while fee-paying schools produced 67‚867 bachelor passes allowing pupils to apply for university entrance.  She said this means in 2017‚ “no fee” schools produced 53% of the bachelor passes‚ "outstripping" fee-paying schools that produced 47% of the bachelor passes.  But Naptosa’s Basil Manuel pointed out that the vast majority of schools (about 75%) were no-fee schools‚ meaning one would expect a higher number of passes from them.  He went on to say:  "The minister is not comparing oranges with oranges.  To say there is an improvement in no-fee schools is true‚ but to say they are 'outstripping the rest' is not true."  Naptosa president Nkosiphendule Ntantala said the union was pleased there were no leaks during the matric exams.

  • Read this report by Katharine Child in full at TimesLive

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