Stop using matric results as guide for education success

2017-01-12 06:02
 New Eisleben High School matrics Hlumisa Gxowa (18) and Sinazo Siyengu (18) celebrate their achievement of passing the 2016 results with Bachelor in Cross Roads close to Cape Town on Thursday. Photo by Lindile Mbontsi

New Eisleben High School matrics Hlumisa Gxowa (18) and Sinazo Siyengu (18) celebrate their achievement of passing the 2016 results with Bachelor in Cross Roads close to Cape Town on Thursday. Photo by Lindile Mbontsi

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The Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA) cautioned government to stop using Matric results as a measurement for the success of our education system.

“It should not be about statistics but rather the quality of education we provide to our children who are the future of this country,” said PSA statement.

According to Umalusi, the South African Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training the Class of 2016 had more progressed learners than in previous years. The Policy on Progression was implemented in 2013 to prevent learners being retained in the same Phase for more than four years.

“Why do we continue to ignore the Foundation Phase up until Grade 11 but expect to achieve good results in Grade 12? We believe that to deal with problems learners face in the senior years is actually just putting a veil on the real problems of the state of education in South Africa. The Department of Basic Education needs to have a total reconstruction of the education system in South Africa and come up with permanent solutions,” said PSA acting general manager, Ivan Fredericks.

“There is another challenging issue where teachers find themselves having to offer subject that are not particularly qualified for to learners. This is due to shortages of educators in some schools and desperation from some teachers to secure jobs,” he said.

The Department of Basic Education needs to consult with all stakeholders involved in a bid to find solutions. The PSA believes re-opening of teacher colleges could be one of the solutions needed.

“As a representative of thousands of educators in the public sector, we acknowledges the challenges and difficulties teachers operate under. We would like to extend appreciation to the many educators who continue to show dedication in the future of our children,” he added.

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