Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
Zweli Mkhize, acting premier of KwaZulu-Natal, said yesterday that the quality of education in the country was below standard.
He was commenting after the release of KwaZulu-Natal matric results which showed that the pass rate had dropped by six percent this year.
But he said the results represented some good news.
"We want to congratulate the teachers, learners and department for working tirelessly to ensure that we achieve these results."
Mkhize said there had been a great improvement in the number of children going to school. But the government was concerned about the quality of education.
"We need to improve the quality of education offered because there's no point in producing many matriculants who cannot perform. This is one aspect we have to make sure that we put more efforts into," he said.
Provincial education MEC Ina Cronje announced yesterday that 57,8 percent of the pupils had passed, down from 63,8 percent in 2007. A total of 136 796 candidates wrote the OBE exams and 79 068 passed.
Despite the drop, Cronje said she was proud of the results, considering that her department was the largest in the country. She said she took pride in the fact that the figures also showed that more than 25000 candidates qualified for admission for bachelor's degrees.
The province's top 10 achievers, however, did not represent the racial demographics of the province since most of them were from former model C schools.
Westville Boys High's Michael Schmid was the province's top matriculant with 1 729 points.