03 January 2013
"The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal welcomed the
improvement in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) pass rate
for the class of 2012" said Mr Mntomuhle Khawula, Shadow MEC for
Education in the KZN Legislature.
"The IFP further commends the class of 2012
for improved results in maths and science, compared to last
year," he added. "We applaud and appreciate the hard work
of all who contributed to the improvement of the results."
"However, the IFP is extremely concerned that
a great number of learners who achieved university entrance
still come from urban areas and the previously advantaged
schools," he said.
"In order to redress this imbalance government
must ensure that the gap in the allocation of resources must be
narrowed in order to close the big divide between urban and
rural schools. This
must be treated as a top priority in KZN and must be reflected
in the budget allocation of 2013/14," he added.
"The IFP notes with deep concern that the
matric pass rate in the province of KwaZulu-Natal has failed to
be counted amongst the top performing provinces in the country
and has slipped to the 6th position overall. I certainly hope
that the MEC for Education is taking this dangerous slide
seriously," Khawula added.
"The IFP appeals to government to begin to put
into place the fundamental steps towards creating quality
education. These include; effective management, non-partisan
appointments, provision of qualified teaching personnel,
especially in the scare skills subjects like maths and science
and ensure that teaching/learning time is never compromised,"
"It is the firm belief of the IFP that
KwaZulu-Natal can still do much better than this."
"On a national level it is concerning to learn
that of the total number of learners who entered Grade 1 in 2001
only about 50 % reached Grade 12. The sobering reality is that,
in fact, the 73% success pass rate that is being hailed by all
is merely a 73% of the 50% who entered school in 2001. The big
question is where are the other 50%, who have seemingly been
lost to the wilderness?," questioned Khawula.
The Annual National Assessment (ANA) programme
needs to give South Africa an honest account of its findings in
order to improve the standard of education holistically and stop
the focus on matric results alone.
Mr Mntomuhle Khawula, MPL
IFP KZN Shadow MEC for Education
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