Don't give up, failed matrics told
Johannesburg - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday urged those who had failed the 2010 matric exams to try again.
"Those who have not succeeded should not despair. They should take advantage of the options made available by the department such as supplementaries and re-writes instead of declaring themselves losers," she said in Pretoria.
"With additional effort they will succeed... they will win."
She said teacher development would be intensified in 2011 and that more staff would be recruited to make progress in all spheres of education.
The department would concentrate on school infrastructure because it affected teaching and learning.
Libraries would be rehabilitated and sanitation, security and water supply problems would be addressed.
She said provinces had committed themselves to prioritising budgets.
The department also wanted to ensure that all pupils between Grade 10 and 12 had workbooks in all major subjects in 2011.
"The ultimate goal is to create a cultured, values-driven citizen," she said.