LISTEN: Contextualising the matric pass rate

Merle Mansfiled, Programme Director of the Zero Dropout Campaign, speaks to the Voice of the Cape about the annual matric pass rate. Merle explains that it is important to contextualise the matric pass rate, and understand that it is just a part of the full picture. This is because it only take in to account the number of learners that sat the exam and passed, but it says nothing about the learners that dropped out along the way. Nearly 40% of learners drop out before finishing matric, and this is often brushed under the carpet.