High expectations for matric class of 2013 – ANC

2013-10-28 08:34

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South Africa’s expectations for the class of 2013 were high as matric exams were set to begin today, the ANC said.

“The African National Congress sends its well wishes to the matric class of 2013 as they start their final examinations,” spokesman Jackson Mthembu said in a statement yesterday.

“This assessment is a culmination of many years of hard work and dedication by the learners, educators and administrators alike and we wish them all possible success during this important time.”

It was hoped the class of 2013 could emulate and even surpass the achievements of their predecessors who, over the last five years, had shown a steady and consistent increase in the matric pass rate.

This culminated in the 75.7% pass rate achieved last year.

“The African National Congress calls upon families and communities to unreservedly support our matriculants by providing a conducive environment for them to study and thrive in their quest for academic excellence during this time,” Mthembu said.

“This support must further extend to the period following the announcement of the results. Failure to attain desired success should never result in any young person being left behind, dejected or feeling hopeless.”

He said the gains made in education were commendable as to date, more than 80% of public schools were no-fee schools, ensuring that steadily and surely the vision of free education was being realised.

“More than 7 million children get fed at our schools daily, providing much needed nutritional sustenance to the most needy in our society,” Mthembu said.

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) also wished matrics well for the coming exams yesterday.

“The CGE calls upon parents, guardians, relatives and community members to give matriculants ample and adequate time and space to prepare and concentrate on their exams,” the commission said in a statement.

“It is incumbent on parents, guardians, relatives and community members to be supportive and encourage students to do well in the examinations regardless of their gender, ethnic or social origin, religious belief, sex and sexual orientation.”

Commission chairman Mfanozelwe Shozi said, “hard working coupled with support and encouragement will inspire and ensure that students perform exceptionally well”.

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