ANC wishes matrics well

2010-10-25 12:42

The ANC joined others today in wishing all matric pupils good luck.

The 2010 exams got under way today.

“Despite this year having been marked by disruptions – mainly due to workers’ strikes in the education sector – it has been encouraging to see many learners taking up the challenge of preparing for the examinations through discussion groups,” said ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

Such dedication in the face of a crisis would certainly pay off, he said.

“Education remains the ANC-led government’s priority and we believe that only through the strengthening of a close working relationship between teachers, parents and labour can we succeed in putting the interests of learners above all other challenges.

“We wish to reiterate that unless we all do not veer from the non-negotiables, will we succeed in this mammoth task,” he said.

The non-negotiables included teachers being in school on time and teaching for at least seven hours a day.

The environment in schools also needed further attention.

“We have to work with the schools to promote respect for teachers by learners and vice versa.”

Discipline and respect in the classroom would ensure effective teaching and learning.

Government continued to strive to deliver on the basics, such as providing the workbooks on time, and the necessary support to educators and school governing bodies.

It was necessary to bridge the gap between schools in historically disadvantaged areas and in historically white areas in terms of facilities and teaching.

“We are happy that government – through basic education minister Angie Motshekga and provincial education MECs – is also attending to issues of safety and substance abuse in our schools to protect our children.

“We are aware that further work is required to ensure access to education in line with the millennium development goals,” Mthembu said.

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