The President, Mr Basil Manuel and the Staff of NAPTOSA National Office wish you a happy and successful 2013. May your goals of providing quality teaching and learning and positively influencing the development of young lives be achieved.




One sentence says it all “pleasing results – concerns about quality”


The 2012 NSC results show a steady improvement in the overall pass rate over the past few years: 2009 (60.6%), 2010 (67.8%),  2011 (70.2%)  and 73.9%  in 2012.  


NAPTOSA welcomes this improvement but at the same time cautions that one should not place too much emphasis on the overall pass rate – other issues paint a less rosy picture of the quality of our pass rate. Some of the issues requiring investigation are: the number of candidates who obtained a university pass, the 30% requirement for a pass, the inclusion of  Life Orientation in the pass requirements, the number of learners passing Mathematics and Physical Science, the poor retention of learners from grade 1 to 12.   (Refer to NAPTOSA press release of President Manuel which will be found on the NAPTOSA website.)


Members are also encouraged to visit the “Matric Results 2012 – comment ” page  on the NAPTOSA website. This page provides links to a number of matric related articles including the DBE official report on the NSC results for 2012.




In December 2012, the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) report was released. This report highlighted various issues which impact negatively on learner performance – issues which we in South Africa are well aware of. However, the report also stressed the importance of the school climate which is created by principals, teachers, learners and parents. Where there is a positive school atmosphere emphasising academic achievement even socio-economic disadvantages can be overcome.  (Chapter 6 of the PIRLS Report – refer to the NAPTOSA website for more information)


NAPTOSA wishes to commend the dedicated principals and teachers (from Grade R to Grade 12) who have made an enormous contribution to the improvement in the pass rate, to learners who have worked hard to achieve these results and to parents who have supported their children.