Political parties weigh in on matric results

2016-01-06 21:52
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Johannesburg – Political parties in different provinces congratulated the 2015 matric class as individual results were released on Wednesday.

The class of 2015 across the country were lined up to buy their latest local newspapers to find out if they had passed their matric exams. Some found out their results via the Department of Basic Education's website.

The Western Cape took top honours with an 84.7% pass rate and Gauteng came right behind with an 84.2% pass rate.

The Free State was the third-best performing province with an 81.6% pass rate, followed by North West with 81.5%.

Next was Mpumalanga with 78.6%, the Northern Cape with 69.4%, Limpopo with 65.9%, and KwaZulu-Natal with 60.7%. The worst performing province was the Eastern Cape with a pass rate of 56.8%.

The ANC, together with the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Eastern Cape said they were disappointed by the 8% decline in the province.

"After all the efforts and hard work by our government in support of education in the province, we really don’t believe this is what we have come to achieve. Indeed something drastic needs to be done," the ANC in the Eastern Cape said.

It was a bag of mixed reactions from the two major political parties in the Western Cape. The DA said their 84.7% result was a sign of good governance on their part, while the ANC wanted to know how and why 8 000 students failed.

"The ANC Western Cape wants to know why more than 8 000 learners of this province still failed and every year thousands fail and more drop out in the so-called 'best' province in the country," the statement read.

The Young Communist League as well as the DA in the Mpumalanga province said they were worried about the slight decline this year. The matric pass rate went down from 79% last year to 78.6% this year. The DA in Mpumalanga said the decreasing pass rate was a "bitter pill" to swallow.

The ANCYL, however, was gravely concerned with the overall Grade 12 results this year.  The youth league said it remains deeply concerned at the apparent lack of quantitative and qualitative improvement in the state of education in the provinces.

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