Youth League wishes matrics well

By Drum Digital
22 October 2012

The ANC Youth League in Limpopo has wished matriculants in that province all the best ahead of their final exams.

"We wish to urge them to formulate group discussions and learning, such that with combined understanding they can bravely face the question papers and emerge successful in the acquiring of their Senior Certificates," said ANCYL provincial spokesman Nono Mabunda on Sunday.

Mabunda said the league only expected the best from the matriculants who start writing their final exams on Monday.

He said pupils in the province had experienced a challenging year, but had remained determined to focus on their studies.

Earlier, President Jacob Zuma sent good wishes to matric pupils across the country.

"With the improving overall passes each year, we are now focusing on improving the quality of the passes," Zuma said in a statement.

In 2008, the matric pass rate was 62.6 percent, it dipped in 2009, but improved to 67.8 percent in 2010 and to 70.2 percent last year.

"We wish to remind all that education is a societal issue. Let us work together to support the learners and the educators," said Zuma.

Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale said that province had produced the best science pupils from rural backgrounds.

"This should remind us that diligence will always lead to success in spite of the many challenges that we continue to face," he said, adding: "May all Grade 12 learners reach their destiny."

Gauteng education spokesman Charles Phahlane said: "The 2012 cohort of Grade 12s were born in 1994, the year that ushered democracy in South Africa."

"The spotlight is on these learners to see how they carry the legacy of Nelson Mandela."

North West Premier Thandi Modise sent a message of support to all matriculants.

"With fewer disruptions in learning and teaching in most parts of our province this year, we are confident that the 2012 matric class will do us proud and sustain the improvement in the results we have recorded over the past three years," she said.

The SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) also wished thepupils well.

"The matric certificate is the most crucial certificate in one's schooling life," it said.

"This certificate, just like education, increases one's chances of eradicating poverty."

The Democratic Alliance said matriculants had to make the moment count.

"They have reached the pinnacle of their school career, the culmination of 12 years of sacrifice and hard work," said DA MP Annette Lovemore.

The Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade said South Africans needed to rally behind matric students.

"May your hard work, commitment and dedication to your school work pay off positively."

-by Sapa

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