Matric pass rate shows ANC was right to split department

2011-01-06 13:34

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe says the improved matric pass rate vindicates the ruling party’s decision to split the former education department into two.

When President Jacob Zuma took over in 2008 the education portfolio was split into basic and higher education – something Mantashe suggested had played a role in the 7.2% improvement in the overall pass rate to 67.8%.

He told journalists in Polokwane that the latest results were an early “indication” that the move was “a correct decision”.Mantashe also attributed the outcome to society’s involvement in education.

“The ANC believes that this improvement on the matric class of 2010 came as a result of society’s involvement in education.

“We are therefore humbled that our continued call for all society, including parents, educators and students, as well as education administrators, to be fully involved in the education system, is starting to bear dividends.

We are starting to see education as being every South African’s business.”

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