Blade Nzimande accuses DA of selective criticism

2014-01-09 17:29

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has taken a swipe at those who voice “concerns” about the 2013 matric result.

Nzimande said today in Pretoria that “doomsayers and armchair critics are quick to want to order an investigation as soon as a black child achieves good results, but are mum about the quality of the IEB [Independent Examinations Board] exams.

“The IEB exams are endorsed by the same body, Umalusi, and the 30% pass mark applies to both the IEB and public schools.”

He was responding to DA leader Helen Zille’s call for an independent probe into this year’s matric results.

“What the DA is doing is an insult of students’ efforts. What the DA and other critics are actually saying is black students can’t do better.”

Nzimande said a child in Nkandla who had six distinctions was far more impressive to him than a child from a school in Pretoria with the same number.

The minister referred to those who criticise the credibility of the matric results as the “professors of doom and the political parties of doom”.

Nzimande said he was ready to roll out the turnaround strategy for the Further Education and Training (FET) sector to ensure that FET colleges play a pivotal role in meeting the government’s objectives.

Nzimande had strong words for those who “undermine the integrity of the FET examination process” through “leaking of exam papers”, which he said resulted in the negative perception of FET colleges in the media.

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