Cosas protests published exam results

2013-01-04 00:00

WHILE the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department yesterday celebrated the release of improved matric results, the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) marched to its Durban offices asking that the results not be published in newspapers.

The student organisation also called on pupils not to buy newspapers. But the calls by the group of about 40 pupils fell on deaf ears.

No one from the department came to receive their petition at Truro House, and the members of the public continued buying newspapers.

Cosas president Collen Malatji said the Basic Education Department should stop publishing the results because many pupils who fail commit suicide.

“The publishing of the results infringes on the right to privacy of pupils. Pupils should get the results from school,” Malatji said.

Cosas also called for the scrapping of independent schools and the application and registration fees paid at tertiary institutions.

Malatji said although Cosas marched on the day the department released the results, they were disappointed MEC Senzo Mchunu did not come or send someone to receive their petition. “He does not work alone. They must learn to share responsibilities,” he said, adding that instead of spending money on celebrating the pass rate, the department should build proper schools.

Malatji threatened to organise a big march should they not receive a response from the department.

Provincial department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said the publishing of the matric results was a competency of the national department.

However, Mahlambi said there was a need to change the mindset of those who failed exams since it was not only confined to failed matriculants. “In November more than five pupils in KwaZulu-Natal — in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11 — took their lives after they received their reports from school,” Mahlambi said.

“We must demystify that when you fail you are a bad person.”

He said the department has programmes to assist pupils who fail.

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