Durban - The National Freedom Party called on Tuesday for a 50 percent matric pass mark.

“We are not in the least happy with the promotion of the 33.33 percent pass to learners across all basic levels,” said NFP Youth Movement president Sibusiso Mncwabe.

He said the pass mark should be at least 50 percent.

“Our belief is that this (the 33.3 percent pass mark) is reducing the competency of our learners and their capabilities to reach minimal requirements to enter tertiary institutions.”

He said this was one of the reasons universities required testing for university entrants despite the fact that they had obtained exemptions.

Mncwabe was concerned that not enough incentives were being provided for teachers in rural areas.

He said the government had to address the shortage of resources at rural schools. - Sapa