Jacob Zuma has hailed the matric pass rate as a “significant improvement”. But is the education system “on the right track”? As we discovered, matric results are not a reliable barometer of education quality.
South Africa’s school-leaving exam results are due to be released on 3 January. But what can they tell us about the state of education in the country? And what should be taken into account in evaluating matriculation results? Our guide.
Do twelve Africans die of hunger every minute? The claim was made recently by a senior food and nutrition adviser to Nepad, the African Union development programme. But the available data suggests the claim is exaggerated.
Are 30,000 children “trafficked” into the sex trade every year in South Africa? Are 30,000 children “currently” being prostituted in South Africa? As Africa Check discovered, the estimates are not supported by available research.
Media and charity reports last month predicted that by 2015 road accidents will become the biggest killer of children aged 5 to 15 in sub-Saharan Africa. Wrong. The claim is based on old and faulty data.
The claim that 28 percent of South African schoolgirls are living with HIV started with a remark by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, misreported by The Sowetan. Unquestioned, it has been repeated by media across the country and the world. The true rate is half that.
While evidence that women drink too much while pregnant is widespread, no research backs Sky News’ claim that South African mothers drink heavily deliberately to damage their unborn babies and claim disability benefits.