Cape Town – With the focus on the 2018 matric results, Professor Jonathan Jansen on Thursday questioned the emphasis being placed on the number of distinctions obtained.
Stellenbosch University's Jansen wrote on Twitter on Thursday: "What is the point about seeking and getting 8 distinctions in Grade 12? Are these really smart students or the victims of poor mentorship? Ever hear from them again? How many of them become great leaders?"
This comes as the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) celebrated a 98.92% pass rate, comparable with last year’s pass rate of 98.76%, on Thursday.
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will announce the matric pass rate for the class of 2018 tonight. The class of 2017 achieved a pass rate of 75.1%, up from 72.5% in 2016.
The IEB results didn't impress Jansen, who tweeted on Thursday: "IEB pass percentage is 98.92. If everybody passes, what’s the point of an examination?