All is not well in South African education. According to a statement on matric exam results by Naledi Pandor, minister of education, matric pass rates have dropped each year since 2004 reaching a low of 65.2% this year. Only 15.1% of all matrics are endorsed for University education, down from 18.2% in 2004.
25415 pupils (or 4.5% of all who wrote matric exams) achieved mathematics on higher grade this year, down from 25217 (or 4.77% of all who wrote matric exams) in 2006.
In the context of an economy diversifying towards service sectors that on average require higher skilled jobs this is certainly not good news.