Congratulations and praise has been given to readily both to the government education system as well as the students. Whilst I have no problem with the students who scored in the 70% and up students there is a big problem with those found below the 70% line. If your average is lower than 70% you cannot say that you will be going on to do great things, worse yet if you say you are happy with your results if they are lower than 70%. The matric exams represent the basic skills required to work in a job, such jobs include shop keepers, builders and artists. If SA every really wants to be recognized for the work it has done or to be able to conduct proper research in scientific fields then scores need to be a lot better. Top universities do not take in the lower than 70% crowd, the best that those could hope for is a college or a sports scholarship. However it isn't the students fault entirely, the government has to take a lot of blame for the failure of students to meet the international standards for students in order for them to pursue whatever they wish to pursue. This starts with the pass rate for a matric being 30% which demonstrates why so many people were able to pass matric as there are such low standards to pass. Subjects such as Xhosa and Zulu have no place in the academic curriculum and should be considered an extra curricular class such as art or theatre. under no circumstances will a person ever be required to know Xhosa or Zulu because South Africa is the only country to have these languages. Other African countries recognize that their traditional languages have no pull in the international community so often teach english along with other languages such as french or spanish. More focus on the core subjects Math (economics can be counted as math), Science, Computer skills, History and English as well as higher requirements in all to achieve passing grades.
The second problem I have with this whole congratulating the matrics and praising the education system, is that it is utterly false and is being used as a political point in favour of the ANC. How far have standards dropped under the ANC? and how many of these students are moving onto pursue jobs or tertiary education? Zuma wants to use this as some sort of point for the ANC when nothing has been accomplished by them, if you lower standards enough then everyone will get through. This is a charade to convince the lower class that the ANC is actually getting something done and improving the lower class' standing in being able to pursue higher paid jobs. without the necessary skills people will only worsen the economy as already demonstrated by BEE and AA. If a person cannot do his job correctly then he is a burden on the company and thus a burden on the economy. If people want to see some real change they need to see South Africa's wretched education system for what it is and understand that standards need to be higher in order for such advanced socialist policies such as welfare to be implemented. Whilst the people cry out for socialism they need to understand that the money needs to be there first in order for the country to afford it. the country needs a much stronger economy than it has now and that will only happen when BEE and AA and the rest of these loopholes are gone and people who actually know what they are doing are employed. If the education system is not made to produce students who are capable then we will wind up with a generation of unemployable people.
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