Poor leadership and a lack of parental involvement are among the leading factors contributing to dismal Eastern Cape basic-education outcomes, a new study shows. The research by the University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice studied the Eastern Cape and Western Cape to determine why the former was one of the worst performers regarding results and the latter among the top achievers. In the 2016 matric results announced in January, the Western Cape recorded a 88% pass rate, placing it among the best provinces, while the Eastern Cape was bottom of the class at just more than 63%. The Eastern Cape also had the five worst-performing districts, which each obtained a pass rate of less than 50%. The country’s overall pass rate was 72.5%.  At a seminar hosted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) lead researcher Brian Levy said leadership was lacking in the Eastern Cape in the government, the community and among parents.  Levy is also the academi...

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