MEC: ‘You are not doing matric just to go home and lie there’

2012-10-17 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Senzo Mchunu yesterday said South Africa was facing one of its greatest challenges since apartheid, which is the economy.

He was speaking at the uMngeni Local Municipality prayer and motivation day for matrics at Howick West Community Hall in anticipation of their upcoming exams.

Mchunu said the real challenge facing the country and the ruling party is to fix the economy.

“This is one of the biggest challenges since we defeated apartheid.

“A young generation like you are not doing matric just to go home and lie there. You need jobs. You need jobs in South Africa. We realise this ourselves and are discussing the matter very seriously,” he added.

“Don’t listen to all the people in the media who tell you we’re mad about the elections. That’s not the issue.”

He said they were heading to the elective congress in Mangaung in December to deal with the economy, the management of the state and to make sure that the party itself functions better and overcomes division.

Mchunu said the country had potential in many sectors like mining, manufacturing and finance.

Matrics sit for their first papers in English and Dramatic Arts on Monday.

Mchunu told Grade 12s to focus and be glued to their books.

“You lift up your head from your books and you are gone. Your head must be literally in your books.”

Mchunu referred to the example of his parents; his father went up to Grade 1, while his mother studied until Grade 2. But they made sure he studied up to university and made something of himself.

“You don’t need to be a son of a tycoon for you to succeed. Even if you’re from a home with no cars or floor tiles, tell yourself that it’s not the end of the world. You must study and go beyond that.”

He said matric was too serious a matter to play around with. “We’re here to pray for you to become pilots, engineers and for you to go to the moon. The sky is the limit.”

The department said they are expecting a better pass rate than in previous years.

He urged parents to support and love their children during matric exams.

Umngeni Local Municipality Mayor Mbali Myeni said matriculants carry the hopes of the nation.

“This is no time to spend on your phone on Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter and Mxit,” Myeni added.

A Grade 12 pupil, Andile Ndima from Sibongombomvu Combined School, said there is pressure, but he felt prepared.

“The trials were hard, so I think the finals will be as bad,” said Thobeka Mkhize of Howick High School.

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