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TitleFactors contributing to the low matric pass rate in Mopani District : a case study of secondary schools in Motupa Circuit
AuthorMalatji, Moses Mokgwathi
SubjectScondadary school
SubjectPass rate
SubjectGrade 12 results
SubjectFailure rate
SubjectAcademic performance--South Africa--Limpopo
SubjectSchool management
SubjectSenior management leadership
SubjectAcademic achievement
Formatxii,126 leaves
AbstractThesis (M. Ed.) -- University of Limpopo, 2019
AbstractThe comparatively high failure rate in South African rural and township secondary schools is a matter of great concern. This study set out to establish what factors are contributing to the low matric pass rate in our secondary schools, in order to identify possible solutions. The study provides an overview, informed by a review of local and international research literature, of the educational and social factors that hinder school performance. The two secondary schools in Motupa Circuit selected for this study had underperformed for the previous five years, below the benchmark of a sixty percent pass rate. The study population consisted of school management teams, teachers, school governing bodies and grade 12 repeating learners. The study followed a qualitative approach, with a case study research design in which the inquiry process was based on interviews and observation. The theory of educational productivity was used to discuss the social and emotional influences of classroom management, parental support, and interaction between teachers and learners. Analysis of the data collected led to findings that served as the basis for the recommendation that all stakeholders, from departmental officials downwards to communities and parents, join hands and work together to address and correct all the ills. The findings revealed minimal support from departmental officials and school management teams. Poor management and instructional leadership are seen as some of the ills that affect academic results. The lack of involvement of parents in supporting the schools serves to demotivate teachers in their daily work. The study also revealed that non-completion of the syllabus and the poor monitoring of written work were a bane to our rural schools. Lastly, social life outside the classrooms contributed to derailing our learners? progress. The study recommends that the DBE develop and support SMT?s by enhancing their skills of management and leadership, so as to empower teachers at all levels. Career guidance in grade 9 was a necessary step towards guiding learners on their choice of subjects.