EFF laments drop in number of matrics

2015-01-06 12:43
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announces the matric results in Johannesburg. (Sapa)

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announces the matric results in Johannesburg. (Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The Economic Freedom Fighters on Tuesday expressed concern at the drop in the number of pupils who wrote the 2014 matric examinations.

"We express concern over the fact that fewer students wrote matric in 2014 as compared to 2013 despite the fact that there was implantation of progression policy on 2013 grade 11 candidates who did not pass," said spokesperson Fana Mokoena.

He said the 2014 generation of matriculants were more than a million 10 years ago when they were in grade 2 and the number who failed to reach matric level was of great concern.

"We also note with concern that Umalusi declared the exam process free and fair while group cheating is on the increase," he said.

"This is a worrying phenomenon for education in a country infested with corruption from the top."

He said the party noted the increase in the pass rate in Limpopo and a few other provinces but remained concerned about the low pass mark for most of the major subjects.

Pupils were still subjected to inferior education for which they had to pay, despite the Freedom Charter calling for free, compulsory, universal and equal education for all children.

"It is this wish that should have informed and guided the policies of the ruling party over the last 20 years,” Mokoena added.

He encouraged all pupils to actively seek better quality education.

"We encourage them to demand better quality teachers and a better learning environment. We encourage them to demand free education until first level tertiary training," he said.

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