'Good But Not Enough', Says IFP

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," said Khawula.


"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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