Matric results in newspapers 'traumatic'

2011-11-25 11:42

Mbombela - The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) is calling on Grade 12 pupils to boycott newspapers that publish matric results.

Cosas national spokesperson Bongani Mani told African Eye News Service that pupils suffered unnecessary trauma due to published results, with some committing suicide.

"We are calling on all learners not to buy newspapers on the day results are published. These newspapers are only interested in making money while the students are enduring trauma," said Mani.

Mani said Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga had no practical solutions to the problem of pupils who commit suicide due to the shame suffered when matric results are published.

"The minister does not know how to deal with this issue," he said, suggesting that the best way is for pupils to get their results from the school. "At school, pupils will able to get assistance from the teachers, who will help them understand their results."

Get results from schools

Last month, the department released a statement confirming that matric results would be published in newspapers.

Basic education department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi failed to respond to questions posed to him.

The Mpumalanga education department also urged pupils to get their results from their respective schools.

“Pupils should tell their parents to accompany them to their schools and get their results. The teachers will be able to help them with everything that they need to know in that moment," departmental spokesperson Jasper Zwane.

Grade 12 pupil Nobuhle Ngobe from Mathipe High School in Marite said she would get her results from her school.

“I think publishing our results in newspapers is a bad thing because, if I have failed, those who hate me will know that I did not make it,” said Ngobe.

Another pupil, Musa Mabunda, from Masana High School in Bushbuckridge, said he would also get his results from his school.

“If my name does not appear in the paper my friends will laugh at me and I can't take it,” said Mabunda.

  • christoff.truter - 2011-11-25 11:46

    @Mabunda So its impossible for your "friends" to find out otherwise that you failed?

      GARBADGEDAY - 2011-11-25 12:06

      with the new bill we can censor the failed marks in the papers. Everyone wins!

      christoff.truter - 2011-11-25 12:20

      I think this image is the real reason your friends are laughing Considering how easy the exams are these days

      Squeegee - 2011-11-25 12:28

      Poor little thing - you should have done less laughing in exam time and more studying. Are they going to laugh because despite having your marks doubled by the Dept you are still going to fail?

      Squeegee - 2011-11-25 12:30

      Same argument as the MPs. "Don't put our corruption in the newspapers because it is so traumatic. Our friends laugh because we got caught and not them".

      Mike - 2011-11-25 12:44

      Aaag foeitog arme bliksempies! Die lewe is te hard, wat vir n donnerse nageslag maak ons groot? Ons almal is daar deur die laaste 25 jaar wat maak hulle nou so spesiaal?

      Silver - 2011-11-25 19:43

      Wait a minute! People can actually still fail? That’s impossible! I’ve seen bricks outperforming some students that passed grade 12. How do you fail?

      Sean - 2011-11-26 13:31

      @The Congress of South African Students- Why don`t you organise a mass demonstration , toi toi and breakdown classroms !!!!! Before I forget , lower the pass rate and education standards even more !! Also demand a refund on school fees , that`s if you paid !! FFS !

      Warren - 2011-11-26 18:32

      What's the big deal? I couldn't pass Std. 9 & I employ 12 people, 10 of whom have matric certificates. It's not what happens to you that matters, what really matters is what you do about it.

      RiazMoola - 2011-11-26 19:32

      WOW some of the comments here are plain ignorant. The majority of students who fail matric exams in South Africa are students who have to walk miles to get to school each day, students whose teachers don't even show up, can't speak english (try teaching calculus in ZULU) , aren't trained, can't teach the material, no PCs, no library, no textbooks. These are students who have no money and are plagued by issues that none of you have (at least not if you have internet and can comment here) such as POVERTY. Go to any private/model C school and check their matric pass rate - these are the lucky few in SA, NONE fail. Believe it or not our matric exams do not have a 99% percent pass rate like A-levels because there are tons of students in this country who don't have the luxuries of food, safety and stability - when these things are not in place going to school becomes secondary. Yet they still try to pass, and take it as seriously as to even consider suicide if they don't make it because it's OVER for them. They cannot get into uni, they cannot get a degree that distinguishes them from any other poor black teen, they cannot progress up a career path, how can they break the POVERTY LINE when they were never given even CLOSE to the same chances you got at your private/model C. You dismiss matric as something so easy as if kids should easily breeze through it but do you remember your years of 7:45-2:45 pm structured teaching, tests, exams? How easy is it without that? WAKE UP.

      Denise - 2011-11-27 12:13

      @RiazMoola - During Apartheid Blacks had the highest literary standards and the highest life standard of all the blacks in Africa. How was it possible for Tutu to study and become a teacher just like his father was. How did Nelson Mandela & countless other blacks manage to become lawyers during Apartheid SA. The Apartheid government built 10 Universities for blacks including Medunsa which is a unique medical university that turned out 200 highly qualified black doctors every year all at state costs, paid for by the white taxpayers. It also trained paramedics and nurses. Since 1970 the budget for black education was raised by about 30% per year every year. More than any other government department. In the period 1955 -1984 the amount of black school students increased 31 times from 35,000 to 1,096 000. 65% of black SA children were at school compared to Egypt 64%, Nigeria 57%, Ghana 52%, Tanzania 50% and Ethiopia 29%. Amongst the adults of South Africa, 71% could read and write (80% between the ages 12 and 22). Compare this to Kenya 47%, Egypt 38%, Nigeria 34% and Mozambique at 26%. In South Africa, the whites built 15 new classrooms for blacks every working day, every year. At 40 children per class it meant space for an additional 600 black students every day!!! In 1985 there were 42,000 Blacks at 5 universities in SA, about the same amount at the universities of the homelands.

      riaz.moola - 2011-12-04 16:50

      @Denise Sources?

      jowza1 - 2011-12-30 15:32

      Denise,now you are talking the same crap as cosas

  • Deon - 2011-11-25 11:55

    The papers did not make you fail, you did. My brother used to say it is difficult to fail your last school year, not anymore.

  • brendan.mulholland - 2011-11-25 11:55

    Awwww poor widdle babies, they'll be laughed at - unthinkable, since that never happens in adulthood, of course....why don't we just pass EVERYONE, then there'll be no laughing induced trauma?

      JohnnyBGood - 2011-11-25 12:10

      In fact lower the 'so-called' standards even more. Lets make it, say, 15%. I am sure everyone will be happy then. What the hell happened to studying ?

  • Randomhero6661 - 2011-11-25 11:56

    it only postpones the suicide...and your friends will laugh at you... shame weak humans we are!

  • Heibrin - 2011-11-25 11:56

    Funny how our results were published for years, and no-one (that I've heard about) ever committed suicide. But then, we studied, so had no real reason to 'fear' our public results. What's the difference between having it published and turning up the next year to repeat Matric??

      JohnnyBGood - 2011-11-25 12:12

      @Steve, well said, you 'maaifoedie'!!!

      jowza1 - 2011-12-30 15:38

      cosas,if you stop marching and burning everything in sight,and concentrate on your studies,the suicide rate will come down

  • Go - 2011-11-25 11:57

    what a load of crap

  • MoAfrika - 2011-11-25 11:59

    Agreed, I remember when I was in metric, the newspaper had things all mixed up.the results on the newspaper were nothing like what most people I know got. And really, as much as we would like people to take responsibility, I think we must also not look to disgrace them with shame. If you as a young matriculation didnt do well, you should be let to deal with it at a speed you and only you can handle. The shame our younger brothers and sisters are suffering is way worse than what criminals do out there. Its like they dont even have rights...and funny enough in jails people have all the rights 1 wish for...

      christoff.truter - 2011-11-25 12:04

      Or at least it was nothing like they told you they got ;)

      Shirley - 2011-11-25 12:18

      If they pass or fail has nothing to do with newspaer! What they did in the year leading up to the exams has! What rights would you like them to have-a free pass no matter what? Life is what you put into it,so party all year and YES you will fail!

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-25 12:22

      Maybe the results in the paper did not reflect the certificates they bought?

      Kay - 2011-11-25 12:40

      u dom

      christoff.truter - 2011-11-25 12:52

      I remember my "metric" year, a very measuring year, i prefer my "imperial" year though

      Marion - 2011-11-25 13:08

      @christoff.truter... why is it that you and many others on News@4 find it necessary to ridicule the English usage of people who can probably speak and write at least another four languages in addition to English? Does it make you feel superior?

      christoff.truter - 2011-11-25 13:23

      @marion You're taking yourself wayyy too seriously, but while on the subject - If nobody gets ridiculed/criticized, nobody will likely ever strive to improve themselves don't you think?

      MoAfrika - 2011-11-25 13:38

      ignorant people we live with...

      christoff.truter - 2011-11-25 13:39

      Indeed ;)

      christoff.truter - 2011-11-25 13:54

      An important thing that I've learned over the years, is that we need to learn to love criticism (I know its difficult), I believe this is partly what it is about..

      Marion - 2011-11-25 16:58

      @christoff... When it comes to ridiculing other people because they make mistakes in their postings you say more about yourself than the other person. Do you ridicule / criticize your kids to get them to improve in life or is that how your parents got you to improve? If you've learned a lot over the years you will know that there is constructive criticism and there is destructive criticism. I see you've got a soulmate in Anna-Marie. Playground bully syndrome is alive and well on News24.

      Adriana - 2011-11-26 13:22

      sure the mix up was because you looked at 'matric' results and not 'metric' results?

      christoff.truter - 2011-11-28 09:01

      @marion I seriously can't understand that anyone's got anything against criticism? I think that says a lot about you? Criticism in any form can be helpful - its all upto the person receiving the criticism I believe?

      louisdiemasjien - 2011-12-30 15:33

      Well MoAfrika; Perhaps if you learnt your spelling you the newspapers wouldn't have been messed up. Remember is m-a-t-r-i-c. 'Metric' is a standard of measure. If funny how only the dumb complain about the results system.

  • Marion - 2011-11-25 11:59

    'Last month, the department released a statement confirming that matric results would be published in newspapers.' COSAS it is no good telling the kids not to buy the newspapers. Better you liaise with the department not to release the information to the newspapers. I can understand how traumatic it could be for the matriculants and that they should get their results in private wherever possible so that they can deal with failure in private. Most have cellphones so that is a good option for those who will be unable to get to the schools. To anyone devastated by failing I would like to say: Suicide is a long term solution to a short term problem. Be strong in the face of adversity. You will overcome. xxx

      Sean - 2011-11-25 21:20

      Results have always been published in the the papers , big deal ! What`s this big fuss people make all of a sudden ? Education levels dropped so much in the last 15 years , how difficult can it be to pass !!

      riaz.moola - 2011-11-26 18:44

      It can be difficult. Especially if you don't go to a proper school. What makes you think education levels have dropped so much in the last 15 years? Do you think the 99% matric pass rate in the UK is due to all the teens being incredibly smart or the standard being extremely low? The pass rate in South Africa is low for a reason. We write many more exams than people in 'developed' countries, we write longer exams in a shorter space of time, and with more content, we have no laws that enforce you must have a break between exams AS THERE ARE IN THE UK - how absurd is that? Do you know there are THREE THREE hour matric exams for 2nd language, 3 3 hour exams for english, 2 3 hour exams for bio etc etc. In the UK they have a LAW against exams being longer than 2 hours, laws all aimed so that everyone passes and the qualification is MEANINGLESS. That is not the way it is in South Africa, whatever you may think, the numbers speak for themselves. That is enough to show that the standard is not as low as it is in 'developed' countries like the UK. 'Results have always been published so let's not change that even if children are dying because of it' - and they are - is a VERY poor argument. You could stop these suicides by finding a solution such as giving students numbers that only they know so know one else can know if they are not in the newspaper - yet you are so blinded by your own arrogance at having passed matric that you would rather students DIE unnecessarily.

      Denise - 2011-11-28 01:45

      Our Universities are putting in some stellar performances in the race to achieve African standards with the highest ranked SA university, UCT, dropping in world rankings from number 146 to position 164. Given the current deterioration rate, we should soon have our universities competing with the top high schools of the world. Whilst the universities are making solid progress our basic education system has arrived. We are now officially ranked as the worst in Africa. No mean achievement I have you know. We should however not rest on our laurels. If we can stop the striking teachers from sending their children to functioning former Model-C schools, we can still aim lower. Let us however not deny these teachers their just deserved praise; without their dedication to cultural pursuits such as strikes and boycotts and the commitment of several education ministers and the ANC to transform to African standards, we would never have reached this great point in our history. However, like all great champions, this title should not be allowed to go to our heads. If we can get rid of the remaining Model-C dinosaurs and the private schools with their haughty teachers we can plunge depths never seen before. Thanks to our remarkable education system, the relaxed disposition of our workers and a shift away from old western styled business leadership, we have finally dropped through that barrier that, to some, must have what seemed like a solid wall of burning tyres.

  • tamzien - 2011-11-25 11:59

    Actually I think they may have a point. It easy for those who cruised through Matric to forget that some pupils really struggle. Whether due to personal circumstances or scholastic ineptitude, no one deserves their failures on the front page. Imagine your first University Exam results on the front page of your local paper.

      Mike - 2011-11-25 12:04

      To date no results have ever been published on the front page, in fact you have to go through many pages with thousands of names to find your own name. This procedure has been in place for decades.

      PeggySven - 2011-11-25 12:06

      Tamzien, with a pass being judged at just 30%, I would have thought it was almost impossible to fail if one had done just a minimum of study. The real problem is that the CancER government has destroyed education in this country and in so doing have not only failed the youth, but have condemned millions to poverty. Suicide for failure is, I admit, a tragedy, but the reasons should be laid squarely on the shoulders of the government their parents voted for.

      tamzien - 2011-11-25 12:17

      @Daniel front page or not. The fact is would anyone like to see their failure in the paper. I think the is a tradition of printing the results in the paper but does the potential harm it may cause to students not out weigh need to uphold traditional practices. Maybe a voluntary list where each student could chose if they want their details outed to the public. The right to privacy is protected in the constitution. @Peggy not going to engage with you until you raise your level of debate. I have my own personal views on the education system and SA politics. I think those have little to do with whether results should be in the paper or not.

      PeggySven - 2011-11-25 12:34

      Raise my level of debate Tamzien? In what way? I made a statement and in order for it to become a debate you would have had to counter it with an alternative statement at odds with mine. Then it would only become possible to debate the subject, with facts and not blind emotion for a cause or racist standpoint. Maybe you should do some research on the rules and methods of debate.

      Squeegee - 2011-11-25 13:10

      Tamzien, did you get through matric? When you fail they LEAVE OUT your name. It does not appear anywhere in the newspaper.

      Mike - 2011-11-25 13:16

      Sgueegee, good point and if you are correct, the entire complaint is crud.

      Mandy - 2011-11-25 13:37

      @tamzien. You are as pathetic as the kids who commit suicide over their results. It's called accountability! Like no work no pay. Well no study no pass!! Get it? Oh hell yes. I forgot - in this country the no work no pay thing doesn't apply does it! I suppose its no study fake certificate then! But one could hardly have that advertised in the paper. SO WE DEFINITELY GET YOUR POINT - LOL!

      tamzien - 2011-11-25 14:27

      @Mandy a fallacious comment, your belief that equal effort results in equal outcomes is naive. @Sgueegee you are correct, meaning my solution for voluntary listing is moot. The reality is thou that whether by omission or public display the mass humiliation is unnecessary. The published lists are superfluous and keeping things the same because "that's the way it always has been" is circular reasoning. I will leave the ad hominem attacks to the trolls.

      Mandy - 2011-11-25 14:41

      @ Tamzien OOOO! Such big words for such a small-minded nit! That's a typical ANC move - back off when you run out of steam after harrassing everyone with your empty minded comments. Appropos your high-handed grammar - someone as grossly intelligent as yourself, with such a magnificent command of English, is absolutely wasting their time on a little forum such as this. Is that because no-one ever bothers listening you anywhere else and now you have a voice .. a readership .. a following .. hallelujah!

      Deon - 2011-11-25 15:06

      When you fail, your name is not in the paper. It seems like you were in a private school or did not finish school?

      Marion - 2011-11-25 17:02

      @Mandy... "You are as pathetic as the kids who commit suicide over their results." I pray that you one day know what it is like to be so desperate about some situation that you want to take your own life and I pray that no-one cares enough to try and stop you.

      riaz.moola - 2011-11-26 18:19

      @Mandy STFU. There was NOTHING small minded about his comments - you're incredibly small minded by assuming a connection from Tamzien to the ANC just because he is *someone who opposes your view*. You don't have to have bloody matric to see something as small minded as that. It is damn easy to fail matric when you live in a shack. Our education system isn't a bloody joke, would you be happier if the matric pass rate was 99% like it is in the UK? How's that for handing out certificates? Older people - don't you think MAYBE you're outdated in what our current testing is like? Tamzien has a real point, these results mean the difference between poverty for life or success for many of these students. How can you not realise that? Matric results are also published online (that's how I got mine) even before the papers come out, yet obviously many students don't have access to PCs. Students in the UK get their results online - we just don't have the infrastructure for it. As for students going to schools to get their marks, sometimes its a long long way away. The newspapers publishing is the only option, and it creates issues like this which CAN BE AVOIDED. As for how hard the matric exams are, I wrote government matric at a private school, and they were the lowest marks I have ever received. That includes university study at UKZN, and 2 universities in the UK, one which is ranked twentieth in the world. Matric isn't the joke it may have been when you wrote it - people fail.

      Denise - 2011-11-28 02:04

      Let me tell you about a well-kept national secret and monumental scandal. The media and most education commentators missed it. In 1998 about 1,5million children started school. Of these only about 500000 wrote matric. This means that during 12 years, the schooling system lost almost a million pupils. Yes, almost a million children who started school in 1998 dropped out before matric. We must ask President Jacob Zuma what the democratic government has done with a million of our children. We have lost these pupils under ANC rule so no need to blame apartheid. We need to blame the government 100 percent for the shocking state of our education. We must demand to know where the million pupils we lost in the 12 years are. We must demand that Zuma and his government declare our education system a national disaster. This means we need urgent and extraordinary intervention to correct the situation. Right now there is educational genocide for the black child. Expect no changes in our education disaster this year. I wonder how one can be positive under these circumstances.

      louisdiemasjien - 2011-12-30 15:36

      Then maybe the university students will also work harder. We are becoming a society of excuses. Failure is a sign of weakness, that's it. Nothing else.

  • Walter - 2011-11-25 12:00

    Ag please man. Pathetic.

  • rosemary.gough - 2011-11-25 12:04

    This has to be the most ridiculous attempt at political correctness I have ever witnessed. If you fail - most times it won't be coming as such a big surprise anyway. Your "friends" would surely have known all year you were a "maybe" anyway. Join the real world - no one will hold their laughs when you mess up.

      Albert - 2011-11-25 13:21

      Rosemary,didn`t you know that blacks cannot fail,should not,must not.Remember Blade said some blacks do not have to go to school to be admitted to a univarsity.Then i think you don`t need schooling to become a sangoma or a politician,president or whatever

      RiazMoola - 2011-11-26 19:24

      How is this 'political correctness' - is there ANY REASON for the marks having to be public? The only time in my life that my marks have been made public without my consent were the matric exams. Yet they were the most important marks I ever received. How can you be so blind to that fact? And there is a good reason why some blacks get accepted into university without having gone to school. Maybe because they couldn't go to school.

  • Willem - 2011-11-25 12:07

    Only if you fails,it is then that it becomes trauma. I think publishing is also a way of stopping corruption. I came across a situation where the student who wrote all the tests, and gave in all the assignments and who was a A plus student suddenly after the exam found that her marks were given to another, person who never attended class, never handed in assignments and surely never past a test suddenly on the results were an A plus student and managed to get the certificate. I am tempted to name the training organization but won't. I can suddenly see why it is so much trauma to have the public looking at your results.

  • Aaron - 2011-11-25 12:07

    Well, if you don't want to be humiliated, you should have studied harder. I'm sure successful matriculants are equally proud when their positive results are published. This is the biggest load of rubbish I've ever heard.

  • Ben - 2011-11-25 12:09

    Study harder assclowns! Kids these days are becoming so damn iffy... pathetic. Boohoo...bullying...trauma.. blah blah blah...Harden the f--- up!!

  • Herbert - 2011-11-25 12:12

    Nee wragtig, nie dit ook nie!!! Ek dink die matriekeksamen is meer traumaties; dalk moet dit eerder afgeskaf word!

  • Shirley - 2011-11-25 12:15

    You have got to be joking! Fail is Fail. If you dont want to know the results from a newspaper the DONT BUY A NEWSPAPER! Is this another media boycott? Maybe the students should spend more time actually studying instead of protesting with ancyl and robbing vendors. What help will teachers be after the fact? No wonder matric pass rate is so poor with notions like this!!

  • Mashudu - 2011-11-25 12:23

    lol, COSAS need to think out of the Box, People who are around the students who wrote matric will know the results whether the results are published on newspapers or not. Honestly It's just impossible for people not to know whether a student passed or Failed. The only thing the government /Schools can do to help failed students will be to provide them with necessary Support and Counseling.

  • Iwan - 2011-11-25 12:23

    "These newspapers are only interested in making money while the students are enduring trauma," said Mani. WOW, really...aren't you a clever one Mani. Didn't u know papers also needs to make money to function as a business. Here's a lolly for you, now go and think what you said.

      Shirley - 2011-11-25 12:29

      He is jist pissed he doesnt have any newspaper shares!

      Shirley - 2011-11-25 12:31

      Sorry! That should of been JUST not jist however my results were published in the newspaer and Im still traumatised!

  • Luke - 2011-11-25 12:25

    I say go and off yourself! Too much politics and not enough studying, I see a familiar trend in our government. "sewerage-pipe" is the last of our worries. lay off the tik, dope & booze and go to class!

  • Jonathan - 2011-11-25 12:31

    This annual outcry over matric results being published in newspapers is getting old. If you worked hard during the year (and if your government stopped failing you by providing quality education), there would be no need for anybody to be ashamed. As usual, South Africans are expecting everything in return for nothing...

  • Wayne - 2011-11-25 12:31

    Does this mean that those who failed cannot read their results...I see the lazy students are learning well from the ANC, lets keep it a secret! SO the hard working students again must suffer because of the lazy idiots. When is this country going to wake up. You work, you reap the rewards. You do nothing you get nothing, OH sorry it gives you the right to steal, plunder, lie, etc......

  • tyron.price - 2011-11-25 12:32

    So how must the "masses" find there marks out? not everyone has internet access.

      tyron.price - 2011-11-25 12:33

      Make that their*

      Iwan - 2011-11-25 12:49

      Read again, according to Jasper, take a parent to school to hold your hand while the teacher either declare you a free man/woman or say she/he will see you again next year (do they still go back?). My theory is that if you are not strong enough to accept your failed matric results in a newspaper, then you probably won't be strong enough to survive in the real world.

  • Michelle - 2011-11-25 12:41

    Only those who know they didn't do their part in matric will be afraid of their names not appearing in the newspaper!! Those who attended the ANCYL march and didn't write the exam, be afraid, be very afraid!!!!

  • Grant - 2011-11-25 12:41

    If you cant pass these exams, you deserve to be laughed at.

      Mandy - 2011-11-25 15:26

      @ Grant. Absolutely. Remember the soapie question debacle.

      JR.lenoir - 2011-11-25 16:10

      If you can't pass the exams, join the ANCYL!

  • Ross - 2011-11-25 12:44

    It provides unnecessary trauma because they are unable to READ the results in said newspapers...

  • coert.welman - 2011-11-25 12:44

    It has been "traumatic" for yonks now. The absolute majority of people make it through just fine. It is probably discriminatory to publish and celebrate all the multi-distinction kids as well. It is just down-right counter-revolutionary to celebrate success. If Cosas stop with their idiocy and actually focus on making school a better and productive place, then there will automatically be less trauma involved woth matric results because more people will make it (let alone make it the first time).

  • gaeleen - 2011-11-25 12:52

    WHAT A LOAD OF CROCK!!!!! This is the way we got our results way back in the good old days - what is so different now???????? At a loss for words

  • evelyn.pepler - 2011-11-25 12:54

    Well for a start if the students were left alone when certain organizations and their idiotic leaders, encouraged the learners or forced them out of school to "help them toi toi", and stage whole day marches- there would be no trauma because they would be passing their subjects. I feel for the young generation as they will be victims always because of the morons they look up to, or are forced to look up to in the hope of getting a free ride or the endless list of handouts they feel entitled to... shame man!

  • Frans - 2011-11-25 12:56

    if they study and pass like they should there should be no trauma should there?

  • Merven - 2011-11-25 12:57

    If the idiots study hard the matric results won't be traumatic.

  • Piet - 2011-11-25 13:05

    Wahahahahahahahahaha, poor sods!!!!

  • Nick - 2011-11-25 13:09

    I don't really follow the Matric hype, the standard of general education is so bad, the Matric Certificate is a worthless piece of paper. What about learning things like "social responsibilty, work ethic and manners. When you have conquered these then comtemplate qualifications

      riaz.moola - 2011-11-26 18:27

      Funny, I just used my Matric to apply to Cambridge a month ago. Just today I applied for a year abroad at either UCLA, University of Pennsylvania or Caltech and my assignment is ranked on my matric marks, nothing else. I was given entrance to the University of Edinburgh (20th in world) thanks to matric marks. Maybe YOUR matric certificate was a worthless piece of paper, but mine has got me far. It doesn't look like people consider it to be worthless overseas.

  • nothile.dlamini1 - 2011-11-25 13:13

    Oh well, if you did not do well its not our problem. you must just work harder to do well then, cos as much as YOU will be getting your results at school. We WILL still buy the newspaper because we want to see our siblings who are confident about their work and their marks. Matric results should be published, and if you kill yourself too bad. Just remember there is no repentance after suicide, and people who kill themselves are just selfish.

  • Schalk - 2011-11-25 13:13

    I would commit suicide if I failed matric cause I would want to rid the human gene pool of my stupid gene. Come on if you fail matric you have to be special nowadays because it so darn easy. They asked in the Gr. 9 national exam "what is your favourite soapie and name three characters" so I would think matric is not as hard a nut to crack as it use to be.

      Nick - 2011-11-25 13:22

      I have said this before and will say it again, The poor standard of education is an ANC plot to keep the future voters uneducated, The bill will keepthem uninformed and the children will still be gullible enough to believe the promises and thus vote ANC, thus, they remain in power.

      RiazMoola - 2011-11-26 19:10

      Matric isn't grade 9. There is a massive difference. How are questions asked in grade 9 relevant? What is it that makes you say that matric is so damn easy? Have you written it recently? Since I assume you passed matric, I'm sure you know the the working of how you got to your conclusions are pretty important. If you pull them out your bum they can smell a little. If you haven't, could I quickly ask you some typical questions that are asked and we could see what your answers are? It'll be a fun exercise. That kind of reasoning just shows that maybe you do have a 'stupid gene', especially since there is no gene that codes for stupidity.

  • Estelle - 2011-11-25 13:23

    It is absolutely ridiculous.If you fail everyone at your sschool knows it.What are they going to do if you go back to your school or any other school for that matter to repeat your year, give you a face and name change?

  • mark.p.vrdoljak - 2011-11-25 13:26

    Boers? @ Duncan Yet another demonstration of "chip on your shoulder syndrome". Matric marks being published in the newspapers could be seen as a incentive to do better!! And to praise the achievements of those who did well, as is done every year! Who will be role models for future generations... With the shaping of results to the bell curve and the pathetic difficulty level everyone should be passing

  • Elle-Black - 2011-11-25 13:27

    Traumatic to who? we've had matric exams published in the newspapers sinceforever why do these lazy buggers want to be protected from their laziness being exposed? I had not the slightest worry about my name being published in the newspaper when i was in matric because i knew what I had put in

      RiazMoola - 2011-11-26 18:57

      Yes, I'm sure they kill themselves because they just realized they were just too lazy. How do you know they didn't try really hard, work their asses off despite all personal issues, yet still failed. That would be a real reason why someone would consider killing themselves.

  • Carla De Bouchet - 2011-11-25 13:29

    My father has been a Matric teacher for over 30 years and he says that the Grade 12 pupils of today are nothing but lazy. With such low standards it is not difficult to pass matric these days. Why should it be traumatic to fail when you have not worked hard enough for a pass?

      RiazMoola - 2011-11-26 18:57

      What low standards? Elaborate?

      Denise - 2011-11-28 00:57

      Bottom of the pile - SA Education system the 4th worst in the world according to Newsweek‘s (16 August 2010) list of the world’s best countries put South Africa at 82nd overall, and ranks our education system 97th out of 100, which is 4th from the bottom. South Africa’s education performance is even ranked below countries like Mozambique, Bangladesh and Iran, states less wealthy or less free. Let's be honest: our dysfunctional education system cannot continue as is. We've known this for a long time, and now the international community knows it. We've won a pitiful "race to the bottom", something for which we should feel ashamed. Now it's time to make the hard decisions and commit to a standard of excellence!

      Blip - 2011-11-28 01:21

      Pretty convincing, I'd say. The standard IS LOW. Twenty or so years ago the best schools would get around 10 "A" aggregates out of a matric class of 150. Many of these schools still have the same teachers teaching there, but nowadays they rack up between 40 and 50 "A" aggregates. And they have achieved 100% pass rates for 10-15 years in a row, unlike their steady 90-95% pass rates of 20 years ago. No question that standards have slipped, and they've slipped radically.

  • rialine - 2011-11-25 13:50

    Classic case of pass the buck. Teachers and parents, that have unnaturally high expectations of learners, are the cause of young kids taking their own lives over matric results. The papers are not to blame for bullying from friends, and inadequate support from friends family and teachers. But rather than tackling those problems, they take the easy route and blame the printed results.

  • RSole - 2011-11-25 13:58

    Does not say much for his confidence in the teaching standards and the pupils. Best they prepare themselves to handle "trauma" because getting a job is going to prove to be even more traumatic.

  • Cindy - 2011-11-25 14:07

    oh please!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get over yourselves you lazy little slobs! You dont study, you fail, so what! Jeez

  • Willem Carstens - 2011-11-25 14:10

    Werk harder dan sal jy nie druip nie! Klomp luigatte!

      BoereMag - 2011-11-25 15:05

      Hulle wil net he en he en he en he..!!!!!!!

      jowza1 - 2011-12-30 15:34

      boermag,en jy wil he wat is lankal verby

      Tiago - 2012-01-04 12:42

      HAHAHAHAHAH @Willem Carsten - kon dit nie beter stel nie! Dit sal hulle leer om hulle eie skole af te brand! Dan sit hulle helfde van die jaar en huil....DOF!!!

  • jacques.geurtse - 2011-11-25 14:11

    This is ridiculous! What next? If the Springboks loose we do not publish the results because people will laugh at them? WTF? Kids get laughed at all the time. It's what kids do.

      Nyiks11 - 2011-11-25 14:31

      the next thing election results won't be published for fear of embarassing some political parties

      RiazMoola - 2011-11-26 18:59

      Kids get laughed at. Kids kill themselves. It's what kids do? No. Kids die over this. It is not the same thing. How can you not see that? This is more than an embarrassing match, this is their lives and their future. You may be lucky enough to be white, but probably all of them are not :-) Get a clue.

  • Nyiks11 - 2011-11-25 14:22

    C'mon COSAS , the names and exam numbers will be blacked out because of the secrecy bill . . .you can all guess which results are yours and which are your buddy's

  • Other - 2011-11-25 15:04

    it is a bit hectic when you think about the shame, but maybe it works as a kind of "tough love" incentive to WORK HARD!

  • Holly - 2011-11-25 15:53

    We all dealt with the same issues and worries when we finished Matric and who gives a Sh*! if people laugh at you, you obviously dont mean anything to them, so they definately shouldnt mean anything to you. Welcome to the real world

  • Willie - 2011-11-25 15:54

    What is there to understand about results? You pass or you fail. Or is there some new way to tell you, you are as dumb as a brick and not hurt your feelings? If they don't like the results and the humiliation perhaps they should have studied for the exams. But then again why should they because everything is promised to them on a silver platter by the anc. But not to worry the end is closer than most think.

  • gcshrimpton - 2011-11-25 16:39

    With a president attaining a Std 4 what is the problem. Comment by Tickey & Friends against the rsols of this world.

  • Maverick82 - 2011-11-25 16:52

    Hi students :), you should try studying for your exams, it really helps.

  • IAmTheDarkPrince - 2011-11-25 17:06

    I see we're back to having a majority of self-righteous hypocrites devoid of reason and stripped of any worry for the lives of children. Feels like the homey South African feces-flinging fest we all came to know and love. Shame on those who condone keeping their children's results quiet, without even taking into consideration how many people they're robbing of the God Given Right to ridicule and humiliate another human being, especially the school bullies who would be left without anyone to socially mutilate in that especially vicious, no, BRUTAL manner that only teens can channel. You sad, sad, sods.