Education department wants to make it easier to pass grades 7, 8 and 9
Elijah Mhlanga explained that the pass mark for grades 7‚ 8 to 9 are currently higher than pass marks for grade 10 to Matric
The Department of Basic Education has proposed dropping the requirement for grades 7‚ 8 and 9 to pass maths and reducing the pass mark for home language. The proposal suggests pupils can obtain a pass mark of 40% instead of 50% for home language in these grades. Department spokesman Elijah Mhlanga said the proposal still needs to be discussed by schools‚ parents and interested parties.