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SAMA™ Research Agenda

The matriculation examination has been written in South Africa for the last 162 years. This examination now called NSC examinations does not only signify the culmination of twelve years of formal schooling; but it is a barometer of the health of the Education system. It is an educational function that has been comprehensively researched for many years based on the date of the dissertation of Murcott, H.G (1938). The History and Development of the Matriculation Examination in South Africa to 1900. Thesis (M. Ed.) -- University of Stellenbosch, 1938. Copy no 82/14001, https://scholar.sun.ac.za/handle/10019.1/56201.

However, the SAMA™ research agenda is strictly about the reduction of the Matriculation Breakthrough Triangle (MBT) according to the Breakthrough Equation: - y = ƒ(x) + ε, where;

⎯ y ≈ 100% matriculation pass as the primary metric or defect, 

⎯ x ≈ x1 + x2 + x3 …… xn or Common Cause Variation (e.g. teacher absenteeism), 

⎯ ε ≈ ε1 + ε2 + ε3 …… εn or Special Cause Variation (e.g. COVID-19), 

The ultimate purpose of SAMA™ is to achieve the “Teaching-Learning-Process” with the Defects Per Million Opportunities (DPMO) of 99.9997 %, or the Process Capability Index (Cpk) of 3.4 or in simple terms 3.4 non-conforming parts per million. The Upper Specific Limit (USL) of the Department of Basic Education for 2020 is 100 % pass and the Lower Specific Limit (LSL) is 83.17 % pass. This is notwithstanding the COVID-19 included in Breakthrough Equation.

 The SAMA™ research will therefore be divided into: - 

A. BASIC RESEARCH

1. SAMA™ Research

A3 Problem Solving ReportDownload

Connectivisim Learning Theory of the Digital AgeDownload

Deschooling SocietyDownload

B. COMMON CAUSE VARIATIONS

1. International Monitory Fund Research 

Struggling to Make the GradeDownload

2. Amnesty International Research

Broken And UnequalDownload

C. SPECIAL CAUSE VARIATIONS

1. COVID-19 impact on 2020 Grade 12 results

Handbook on Facilitating Flexible Learning in COVID 19 Outbreak SLIBNU - V1.2-20200315Download

D. SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT E-SCHOOLING POLICIES

Department of Basic Education Action Plan 2019-2030Download

Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper (2016)Download

Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services National e-strategyDownload

Department of Education Draft White Paper on e-Education 2004Download