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nehawu80ANA reports that the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) on Friday expressed concern about the high matric dropout rate and the poor examination results from rural areas.  

The union noted the improved national pass rate of 72.5% for the 2017 National Senior Certificate, but said the real pass rate was dramatically lower if one compared the number of learners who sat their final exams with those who enrolled for their first year of school twelve years ago.  Nehawu noted in a statement that, while 1,185,198 learners were enrolled for Grade 1 in 2006, the number of those who sat for the matric exams last year was 651,707, meaning that 533,491 had dropped out along the way.  The union commented:  “This lowers the pass rate to a mere 41 percent.  A thorough investigation is necessary to ascertain the reasons for this low number.”  Nehawu also said the weaker results from rural areas belied the higher national pass rate, and pointed to an unfair distribution of resources.  “Rural provinces continue to perform very horribly and this downward trend is continuing unabated.  This further highlights the glaring disparities both in resources and infrastructure between rural and urban schools,” the union stated.

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