We need to thank educators for 2011 matric results and build on our success

2012-01-21 10:27

Those who work day in and day out in schools know that it was never a miracle which produced the much appreciated 2011 matric results. They will tell you it was hard work and sacrifice, and indeed it was.

It would be naïve and stupid for us as a nation just to celebrate the good work and forget about it in a short time. We need to go back to those who brought the success, thank them and get the recipe to continue this legacy.

It is like we are an army and we have just won a major battle. We firstly need to identify the educational personnel behind this high pass rate and reward them for a good job. It is common knowledge that it is impossible to raise their monetary benefits as our government already has budgetary constraints trying to meet the needs of the nation at large.

But at least something to recognise their efforts is welcome. It may be some promotion or a simple acknowledgement by education authorities.

Old problems which caused perpetual failure over the years should be noted and the strategies used to overcome them should be polished and implemented more accurately as a way to continue the dream results of 2011.

We should wisely look into our system and identify the improve-ments that made the dream possible, spreading them around to other schools where such improvements were never implemented.

Another way of keeping the examination scores high will be to make information available to learners.

Libraries should be built at all schools to allow both students and teachers to have access to educational information whenever it is required. At the worst when resources do not permit, it will be better to go the easier way of providing textbooks until a library is provided.

Much research was done and areas which take teachers have become public knowledge. We should go and recruit among the recently passed matriculants and train them as teachers for those subjects we have been struggling to find, specifically Mathematics and other Science subjects.

We keep on lamenting that textbooks are written in English and Afrikaans which lessen indigenous students’ understanding. It is a known problem and the translation of the books should have begun long ago instead of a continuation of senseless lamenting.

We should refuse to be a nation of cry babies and engage more in action than in perpetual mourning.

There are many more things we can identify that made our 2011 matric results such an improvement – all we have to do to continue to improve the areas of our successes and uphold them, while finding solutions to areas where we failed. This way we cannot go wrong.

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