03 January 2013
The IFP extends its heartiest congratulations
to the Matric class of 2012 but remains extremely concerned of
the overall quality of education afforded learners in South
IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mr. Alfred
Mpontshane said, "Tertiary study is essential but once again
only a small percentage of our matriculants qualify for
university entrance and this must bring into question the
standard and quality of education in South Africa".
Mpontshane added, "Another very worrisome fact
is the high number of learners who have dropped out of the system
before completing matric. The sad state of affairs remains that
the Department of Education is failing our children. The quality
of our educational standards in respect of both education and
teachers must be greatly improved".
"The IFP is also extremely concerned about the
maths and science results which remain poor. We need equipment
for these subjects at our schools particularly in rural areas
and we need competent teachers in maths and science. This must
be prioritized by the department" said Mpontshane.
"The IFP is happy that the Eastern Cape and
Limpopo have improved in their pass rates even though they still
remain at the bottom of the list of provincial pass rates and we
encourage them to do even better next year", said Mpontshane.
"We also urge our matriculants to continue
with their studies at universities and FET colleges and hope
that there will be no tragedies during the registration process
this year unlike last year where a mother of a learner died at
the University of Johannesburg during a stampede."
IFP Spokesperson on Education, Hon.
Alfred Mponstshane; 083 441 6201
IFP Parliamentary Caucus'
Media Liaison Officer, Boniswa Tiwe; 083 9861 022