Universal access to education policy weighing down exam pass rates – MoESD


Universal access to education policy and its associated interventions is conflicting with quality of education and contributing to declining examination pass rates across the system, senior Ministry of Education and Skills Development officials have said.

Responding to the 2014 national exams results at a media briefing yesterday, Education permanent secretary, Richard Matlhare said state resources were stretched in the process of promoting access to 10 years of basic education.

Automatic progression, Back-To-School initiative as well as the yearly expansion in school enrollments, were some of the interventions put in place to increase universal access as espoused in the Millennium Development Goals, and the Revised National Policy on Education. “Having more of our population accessing 10 years basic education may be compromising quality in the sense that schools end up going beyond the standard teacher student ratio,” he said.

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