Fedusa concerned about matrics

2011-01-06 10:21

The 2010 matric rate of 67.8% was pleasing but some concerns remained, the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) said.

It said last year’s three-week teacher strike and the five-week World Cup vacation must have had a significant impact on the educational progress of matrics.

There was nothing wrong with the principles of collective bargaining as a way for workers to gain fair remuneration and working conditions.

“(But) we are of the opinion that the lack of strategic thinking and political blunders of the employer – and not the demands of the teachers – led to the drawn-out strike,” Fedusa said.

“In the case of the World Cup vacation, Fedusa is very sceptical regarding the need to keep children out of school for a five-week long sporting event.”

Fedusa congratulated teachers and pupils for improving on 2009’s pass rate of 60.7%.

“For those matrics who failed to pass the first time, we want to urge them to make sure to write supplementary exams to ensure that they join the group that passed,” Fedusa said.

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