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Limpopo province sees an increase in number of schools with 0% pass rate of matriculants.
The number of these schools have increased from three in 2018 to nine in 2019.
This is according to Education MEC in the province Mme Polly Boshielo who pointed a finger at low learner registration in the said schools.
She said this during an interview with the SABC that due to low leaner turnout, the department is forced to prioritise resources of material and teachers to schools with more learners.
“We have been appealing to our communities to work with the department on the rationalisation of schools with low enrollments so that they are effectively merged with other schools. This process is done to advance quality education and not for personal and sentimental purposes as it is often misunderstood. The small schools have proven to be costly to the system, unsustainable and not viable. So, when we try to assist these learners, our community refuses us to help them.”
She said some schools had learners as little as 65.
The province obtained the lowest pass rate in the country with 73.2% a 3.8% increase from 2018 to which the MEC says she welcomes but acknowledges that more still needs to be done.