Congratulations to matrics

2016-01-13 06:00

DIKGANG MATAMANE, provincial chairperson of the Congress of South African Students.

THE Congress of South African Students in the Free State joins many across the province to congratulate all the learners who passed their gr. 12 in 2015 and we are convinced that the results are as a result of hard work, dedication, commitment and sacrifice from learners, teachers and the department.

The pass rate for the class of 2015 have shown us that nothing is impossible if every effort is put into it.

We are also impressed by the fact that our province compared to the other provinces is ranked number three and we can only encourage the 2016 class to do even more.

Thank you very much and this is what should be done.

To the Department of Education in the province, thanks for a sterling job. Keep doing good and improving in areas where there is a need, particularly in areas where we are continually receiving poor results, and in other poor-performing schools. We can turn the corner in those schools that are performing poorly if we all work together. The challenge to ensure that our education is improved is equally our responsibility and it is against this background that we will be unfolding our programme together with Sadtu and all our affiliates in the province starting from 10 January.

We also want to express our disappointment in the dropping of the pass rate when compared to 2014.

We view this as a failure in particular for the department in the Free State. This is because of the individualism that is continuing. We will continue to pursue the struggle of learners in the province.

Those who didn’t make it, must not be afraid to go back and write, and those who feel the need to repeat matric must do so, it is their right. We also didn’t produce much student bachelors; we hope we will up our standard in the 2016 academic year.

We also take note of the achievements in the results which still reflect the legacy of apartheid capitalism, gender domination, imbalances, inequalities in terms of distribution of resources between public schools and Model C schools.

This national oppression of Africans and black people in general and class exploitation still find expression in this current democratic dispensation.

We applaud the strides made by the schools, and learners drawn from previously-disadvantaged areas who continue to do better in critical learning areas such as Maths, Physical Science and Accounting, in spite of the severe challenges of geographical location such as rural areas.

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