Johannesburg - Focusing on the matric pass rate masks crucial indicators such as the number of pupils qualifying for tertiary education, the quality of passes, and the number of maths and science passes, the DA said on Monday.

“Some may view the matric results announced tonight as a cause for celebration, but we believe they are a cause for concern,” spokeswoman Annette Lovemore said in a statement.

She echoed concerns expressed by trade union Solidarity and civil rights body Afriforum that the pass rate did not take into consideration the number of students who dropped out of the education system before they wrote matric.

She said the pass rate not a credible measure of the quality of education. - Sapa