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5% bonus gone for matrics

16 July 2014, 8:31 am

The policy which gave matrics an extra 5%, whose first language was not Afrikaans or English, on their original mark, in subjects that included Afrikaans, English, Maths and Geography, has been removed. Making this year’s matrics to be the first not rewarded with the extra 5% since 1999. The logic of the policy was to make up for the problems students faced when they were forced to write their final exams in a language other than their home language.
Lucky Ditaunyane, a spokesman of Umalusi, have said there was already decided in 2011 that the policy would be removed after the 2013 exams. Spokesman for Basic Education, Elijah Mhlanga, have stated that the department was “positive” that the policy would not affect the performance of the students. Most students are teach till grade 3 in their home language and then have to switch in grade 4 to English.
Steven Taylor, a study author, had done research and used dada from the 2006 Progress of International Reading Literacy Study that has indicated more than 90% of students, who is mainly African-language children, haven’t learned to read comprehension by grade 5.

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