A survey published by the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has found deep-seated racial and social inequalities in South Africa’s matric results.“The data reveals that 20 years into our democracy not nearly enough has been done to deliver high-quality education to black people‚” said the IRR’s CEO‚ Dr Frans Cronjé.According to data obtained from the Department of Basic Education‚ only 35% of matric candidates who wrote mathematics in 2014 achieved a grade of 40% or above. When the data was broken down by race group it became apparent that 83% of white candidates obtained a grade of 40% and above as opposed to 69.7% of Indian candidates‚ 46.3% of coloured candidates‚ and just 28.5% of African candidates‚ the IRR said.The IRR report also broke down levels of educational achievement by living standards quintile. The data showed strong correlations between living standards and educational outcomes. For example‚ in the poorest quintile‚ only 5.9% of candidates passed mathe...

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