03 January 2013
The South African Democratic Students Movement (SADESMO) would
like to congratulate the class of 2012 for their courage and
dedication which ensured there was an increase in the pass rate
We are however deeply concerned by the fact that only 26% of our
brothers and sisters who passed their matric in government
schools can be admitted to Universities. This is worrying
because there is a major contrast between the results in
‘Independent’ Schools, which do much better than ‘State’
This is a clear indication that not enough is done by the state
to totally fix the education crises in South Africa. The
Department of Basic Education needs to make it a priority to
increase the pass percentage in State Schools.
We are also concerned by the prospects of our freshly
matriculated youth who will neither be in institutions of higher
education nor at work in 2013 due to the high unemployment
levels, inadequate space in universities, lack of financial
power and the poor state of our FET Colleges, which absolutely
fail to inspire students despite the efforts put in by the
Department of Higher Education and Training.
We are also worried by the low pass rates in provinces such as
the Eastern Cape and Limpopo. We hope the Department will send a
task team to all under-performing provinces to determine why
this is so.
We encourage unsuccessful matriculants not to despair but to
view this as a turning point in their lives by ensuring they are
registered to write their matric again this year with dedication
and new found confidence.
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