06 January 2014
"The class of 2013 represents the culmination
of 12 years of schooling, but the question that must be posed is
what percentage of these pupils started 12 years ago and how
many of their classmates had to drop out due to financial
pressures, family breakdown, teenage pregnancies and failure to
progress through the lower grades. Those who fell on the way are
not accounted for in these numbers" said Mr AM Mpontshane, IFP
spokesperson on Education.
The IFP is encouraged by the number of pupils
who have passed their matric and congratulates them on obtaining
their national certificate and hope that as many as possible can
take their education further.
"The percentage given, however, does not
clarify how many of the pupils who passed are from previously
disadvantaged schools, especially those who lacked essential
resources such as laboratories, libraries and even classrooms in
some cases. These factors plague our education system
continually must not be allowed to continue, because the future
of our pupils is compromised"
"These results contradict the Annual National
Assessment results as the lower grades are not doing well at all
and the projected increase in matric pass rates year on year
seems more of an attempt by the education department to inflate
the true matric pass rate in order to avoid taking
responsibility for the abysmal decision to lower the pass mark.
If the pass rate truly reflects reality, then the number of
those who can obtain university and FET college entrance must be
high; but we will find that this is far from reality" said
The IFP would also like to encourage those who
did not pass their matric to not give up, as this is not the end
of the world. They must pick themselves up and go for it again
and use the lessons from last as a springboard to success.
Mr Alfred Mpontshane, IFP MP Spokesperson on
Basic Education on
083 441 6201
IFP Parliamentary Media Liaison Officer,
Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675