06 January 2014
The IFP Youth Brigade (IFPYB) congratulates
the Class of 2013 following the ministerial announcement of the
matric results today.
Reacting to the results, IFPYB National
Chairperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP, said, "The IFPYB congratulates
the class of 2013, particularly those who have defeated
mountainous odds to attain excellent results. We wish them all
the best in their future endeavours."
He continued, "However, we cannot ignore the
grave realities confronting our education system in that 30%
remains the baseline pass. Therefore, we cannot celebrate
quantity at the expense of quality. We must, as a matter of
urgency, rise above the fixation of percentages and aspire to
achieve a qualitative pass."
Hlengwa added that the 78,2% pass rate, in the
face of the low standards of the education, at best gives the
country a 'feel-good' syndrome that things are hunky-dory,
whereas they are not.
"We are doing our future a major disservice by
continuously resisting quality education. Our education system
needs a serious overhaul, and doing away with maths-literacy
would be a good start," said Hlengwa.
The IFPYB supports the efforts of the
Department of Basic Education seeking to improve the educational
plight of learners living with disabilities, while it maintains
the view that the issue of drop-outs must receive urgent
attention because it continues to be a major problem
particularly for nation building.
Said Hlengwa, "We are confronted with a sad
situation where the number of matric candidates are always half
of those who had started grade 1, twelve years earlier. This
speaks to an education system with a poor learner retention
The IFPYB congratulates the Class of 2013 and
we wish to thank all teachers, parents, and all communities who
have ensured that young South Africans go to school and
prioritise their school work.
"To those who did not make it please know that
this is not the end. Very often in life a "fail" at anything is
a first attempt at learning. Seize the challenge, and do not
give up," concluded Hlengwa.
MKHULEKO HLENGWA MP
IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson
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