ANCWL KZN congratulates matriculants

2018-01-19 06:00

THE KZN African National Congress Women’s League congratulates the Department of Education for a marked increase in the 2017 matric pass rate.

The increase, which saw the province obtaining 72.9%, is a significant milestone. This gives hope that the ANC’s vision of increasing the skills base and the level of education among our people is being realised.

The ANC regards education as an apex priority and a strategic sector for the production of capable human resource needed for economic development to eradicate poverty in our communities.

We are pleased our province also received the largest number of Bachelor passes of 35 000 and recorded a significant improvement of African pupils (52 000), particularly in mathematics.

As the women’s league, we are equally pleased that rural schools have performed very well, which is a clear indication that the ANC-led government takes education seriously.

The ANCWL is justifiably pleased about the performance of the 2017 matric class, who responded well to a variety of interventions led by the provincial government through its Operation Sukuma Sakhe.

We acknowledge that the interventions, implemented by the Department of Education, led by MEC Mthandeni Dlungwane since last year, are bearing fruit. These interventions include a full implementation of the scholar transport programme in rural communities, where pupils have to travel more than 10 kilometres to schools.

Another intervention we appreciate is the supply of sanitary towels in schools.

This has reduced levels of absenteeism among female pupils.

This is clearly indicated by the high number of female pupils who preformed extremely well during the academic year.

We further call on Dlungwana to continue with the implementation of these programmes and further call for other departments to provide necessary support.

The ANCWL also appreciates the role played by King Goodwill in ensuring that all the people of KwaZulu-Natal rally behind the Department of Education and provide support needed by pupils and parents.

The results are a clear indication of a good partnership by education stakeholders, including pupils, organised labour, school governing bodies, parents and the department.

We are grateful to parents for responding positively to our request to ensure that pupils are afforded enough time to study for their examination.

The ANCWL calls on those who passed matric to use available opportunities provided by the ANC-led government to ensure they further their studies so they can increase the skills base, thus improving the economy.

The ANCWL salutes and congratulates the Class of 2017 whose journey to a prosperous society and a better life has begun.

NONHLANHLA GABELA

ANCWL Provincial Secretary

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