02 January 2013
Following the announcement of the National
Senior Certificate results the IFP Youth Brigade has
congratulated the Class of 2012
Reacting to the announcement of the results,
IFPYB National Chairperson, and SA's youngest Member of
Parliament, Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP, said; "The IFPYB congratulates
the class of 2012 with caution. On one hand we have a situation
of an increase to 73,9% and on the other we have to continue
probing the quality of the actual pass. We need to ensure that
these passes are of a qualitative quantity."
"There is still the unresolved issue of school
dropouts,' Hlengwa added. "We are confronted with a situation
where the number of matric candidates are always almost half of
those who actually enter school in Grade 1. We, therefore, need
to rise above the percentage fixation and actually deal with the
very real problems in the system."
Hlengwa also lamented the pass gap between
male and female learners; "Whilst we embrace the fact that girls
are gaining access and performing well in schools we need to
ensure that our male learners are not left behind.
As a nation we cannot afford to neglect male learners in
order to promote females. Both need to be developed equally.
Both must be given the same treatment. A failure to do so will
result in serious problems for the country moving forward."
"The critical issue of quality education
should remain a priority in 2013 and beyond. The Department of
Basic Education needs to improve on many fronts," added Hlengwa.
Hlengwa also noted with great concern that;
"The Auditor General has pointed out that the department had
only achieved 47% of its 2011/12 targets. The department also
had under-spending of R43 million on human resource development
and of R1 billion on infrastructure development.
This points to a rudderless department in complete
"There are many grade 12's who have passed
under strenuous and difficult condition; "On behalf of the IFPYB
I congratulate all 2012 Grade 12's, particularly those who have
had to go beyond reasonable expectations in order to pass
because of poor learning conditions at home, in the community
and at school. We wish you well in your future endeavours.
We also would like to thank the teachers, parents and
communities who have ensured that young South Africans go to
school and prioritize their school work. To those who didn't
make it please know that this is not the end. Very often in life
a "fail" at anything is a first attempt in learning. Seize the
challenge and do not give up," he added.
"The IFPYB hopes that the registration chaos
in institutions of higher learning we witnessed last year will
not happen this year particularly with the numbers of candidates
qualifying for university entrance having increased. We believe
that there is an urgent need to make FET Colleges institutions
of choice and not a choice of last resort," concluded Hlengwa.
MKHULEKO HLENGWA MP
IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson
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