DURBAN – The 2018 matric results have been released, showing another successful year with an improved pass rate of 78.2 percent.
While this will lead to a number of now officially qualified matriculants looking to study further or start to enter the ‘working world’, what effect can the year-on-year decrease in matric enrolments pose to corporate South Africa?
Michelle Baron-Williamson, the chief executive of Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE) said, "The matric pass rate has shown an improvement over the last few years, synonymous with the hard work and dedication that goes into completing matric and for which students must be commended".
She added that it must also be noted that the number of student enrolments to complete matric has decreased year on year since 2016. This is creating a slightly skewed perception, as each year there are in fact fewer students who successfully qualify with a matric pass than in the year before.
The reality is this has the potential to add pressure to the existing skills gaps the country is experiencing, with fewer skilled workers qualified for job opportunities, which could have further repercussions that corporates should recognise and be cognisant of.