Out of 128 634 learners who failed Grade 11 in 2017 and were pushed to matric last year, only 33412 sat for all their subjects. Of these, 20122 passed and 2676 obtained passes that allow them to enrol at traditional universities.
A whopping 95222 who progressed to matric did not sit for all their subjects, and they were unaccounted for in the national 78.2% pass rate.
Allen Thompson, deputy president of the National Teachers' Union, said the progression policy demoralised teachers because they spend the entire year on matriculants who are diverted from the exams.
“It's not acceptable that we have more than 120000 learners being progressed and only 33000 write the exams,” Thompson said.