The Department of Basic Education says there were no changes regarding the decision to condone learners who did not meet the requisite mathematics requirements.

Last week, the department approved a dispensation for Grade 7 to Grade 9 learners who have passed all their other subjects but failed maths to be promoted to the next grade.

The department, however said media reports were inaccurate.

“To start with, there is no such thing as a 20 percent pass mark for mathematics and there has been no change in the progression policy to reflect such. The continued media reports to this effect are therefore unfortunate and indeed misleading,” the department said in a statement.

The department said it had raised the bar in terms of the pass criteria.

“In addition to passing your two language subjects you have to pass one of them i.e. home language at minimum 50 percent and you have to pass mathematics at minimum 40 percent. In essence what the policy states is that even if you pass all of your other subjects with distinctions, but got less than 40 percent for mathematics you failed the year,” it said.

“While the policy is under review a decision was taken to condone those who passed all the subjects except that they did not meet the 40 percent criteria in Mathematics to the next grade. That is if they met all other pass requirements and obtained more than 20 percent in mathematics,” the department added.

“This decision is only applicable to senior phase learners and only applicable for the 2016 cohort of learners while we are at this point of policy review.”