Challenge for 'Nelson Mandela' matrics

2012-10-21 22:01

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has sent good wishes to matric students about to start writing their final exams on Monday.

"We are happy with the gradual improvement in the outcomes each year," Zuma said in a statement.

"With the improving overall passes each year, we are now focusing on improving the quality of the passes." In 2008, the matric pass rate was 62.6%, it dipped in 2009, but improved to 67.8% in 2010 and to 70.2% last year.

"We wish to remind all that education is a societal issue. Let us work together to support the learners and the educators," said Zuma.

Well-wishes for the matrics also poured in from political parties, provincial governments and unions.

Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale said that province had produced the best science pupils from rural backgrounds.

"This should remind us that diligence will always lead to success in spite of the many challenges that we continue to face," he said, adding: "May all Grade 12 learners reach their destiny."

Gauteng education spokesperson Charles Phahlane said: "The 2012 cohort of Grade 12s were born in 1994, the year that ushered democracy in South Africa."

"The spotlight is on these learners to see how they carry the legacy of Nelson Mandela."

Throughout the year the department had made sure that students would be ready for the exams by running extra classes and revision camps, he said.

"We are hopeful that these efforts, including learner dedication and motivation, will bear fruit."

The Western Cape government said it was time for the class of 2012 to shine.

"This government is committed to improving the number of learners who write and pass the... examinations and this year we hope to achieve a stretch target of between 38 000 and 39 000 passes," Education MEC Donald Grant said.

"While the quantity of passes is key, we are also hoping to improve the quality of passes achieved by candidates this year."

North West Premier Thandi Modise sent a message of support to all matrics.

"With fewer disruptions in learning and teaching in most parts of our province this year, we are confident that the 2012 matric class will do us proud and sustain the improvement in the results we have recorded over the past three years," she said.

The SA Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) also wished the matrics well.

"The matric certificate is the most crucial certificate in one's schooling life," it said.

"This certificate, just like education, increases one's chances of eradicating poverty."

The Democratic Alliance said this was matric pupils' time to make it count.

"They have reached the pinnacle of their school career, the culmination of 12 years of sacrifice and hard work," said DA MP Annette Lovemore.

The Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade said South Africans needed to rally behind matric students.

"May your hard work, commitment and dedication to your school work pay off positively," it said.

  • - 2012-10-21 22:08

    Anti climax on its way

      vandross.ntshegi - 2012-10-21 22:28

      Pass mark of 30%. Mxm yeah right!!

      aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-22 01:22

      I would NEVER hire anyone that has "matriculated" from 2010 onwards! They pass rates have been diminished (hence more bulk of passes, with less QUALITY, also most of them have been passed artificially! The failures in the education system that are now being overlooked to issues statements that "show support" tells me of how many new unemployed people will be born come Jan next year! Mandela matrics will be a failure - sorry was still getting myself off the floor in regards to the comments about the "best science results out of .... zimpopp!!!" Are sangoma "science" and white rabbits part of the curriculum nowadays? SaniGhana - the old "corrupt" racist government is LONG GONE! where you been bud? About being replaced by "EDUCATED black africans" (number one makes YOU as racist as they were, number two - sorry to break it to you, the anc is ensuring they do not study - did you not read about the textbook saga lately?)

      mark.schulz.796 - 2012-10-22 05:14

      30% Passrate.. in 10 years we'll see 70% of bridges collapsing, 70% of our roads/social services/ government with chronic corruption and endemic failure. I guess then they can just say that's the 70% they didn't learn. Wait! What am I saying?? We have already reached those levels in some areas.

      susan.pretorius.31 - 2012-10-22 06:39

      30% - after they added 20%

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-10-21 22:30

    LIMPOPO province produced best science pupils from rural background CASSEL MATALE report these guys are not scared to lie just infrot of oure faces siss may they dont have anything good to sau

  • loki.scribus - 2012-10-21 22:44

    "The spotlight is on these learners to see how they carry the legacy of Nelson Mandela." - That's unfair pressure on those learners who were failed by the government. Poor kids.

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-10-21 22:47

    seriously its 30% to pass...One does not simply fail with such a low pass percentage

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-10-21 23:13

    Lower pass mark of 30%. Easier syllabus. And the universities keep pushing up their admission requirements. The pass rate means NOTHING and the Matric certificate isn't worth the paper it's written on.

      art5SA - 2012-10-22 06:21

      I have tried employing "Matrics".... They CANNOT READ A TAPE MEASURE.... They do NOT know what a Millimeter...Centimeter, Decimeter or a Meter means.... So much for MATRIC.... PPPFFFFT! I feel for the latest lot...

      susan.pretorius.31 - 2012-10-22 06:42

      Save a lot of money - issue every newborn with a matric certificate and degree!

      merven.halo - 2012-10-22 15:09

      Hell art5SA, they can not even do wood work!

  • nelson.cande.7 - 2012-10-21 23:20

    If it is truth you are 50 times more than Guebas who has sucesseded to demange school to almost -50% in terms of quality.

  • nelson.cande.7 - 2012-10-21 23:21

    If it is truth you are 50 times more than Guebas who has sucesseded to demange school to almost -50% in terms of quality.

  • musawenkosi.zwane.54 - 2012-10-21 23:21

    Why cant you wish us good luck and stop complaining. The only thing you know is criticising nxa. Grow up you people and have positive minds here. Its not about you but its about us who are going to write exams not criticise.

      grant.montgomery.5074 - 2012-10-22 00:01

      If this is typical of the best type of grammer that matric students are capable of then the future is bleak for them. Who would want to employ someone in an office who could not put two sentences together? I suppose that's why we have AA. My elder son dropped out of school at the age of 14 but over the years he's been able to put together reports, instruction manuals etc. People should be concerned about how the rest of the world veiw our present day matriculants.

      Livvi Krige - 2012-10-22 02:41

      I certainly do wish you luck with your exams, because if this is the calibre of candidate, you are really going to need it. With a pass mark of 30% and the ridiculously low standard of education, should be no contest!

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-10-22 07:52

      @musawenkosi.zwane.54: When Zimbabwean standards (with pretty much NO educational infrastructure) are higher the South African standards then you don't need any luck. You pretty much just need to show up to get your qualification. What this cANCer government don't understand is that these same sub standards cripples students that studies hard, performs, achieve and excels in the eyes of the world. Not only are they failing normal students but they are miserably failing the deserving students.

  • norman.buchalter - 2012-10-22 01:00

    Is a 30% failure rate and a pass mark of 30% better than 100% Bantu education or not? Just asking...

  • ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-10-22 01:32

    the challenge for these matrics is overcoming the obstacles this useless government creates in the economy which causes fewer jobs to be available than would be otherwise

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-10-22 05:36

    About 20 years ago, the pass mark was 50 percent, not 30. There were only three or four people who could get six A symbols. South Africa was globally recognised for having one of the best standards of education in the world. Now we have lowered the pass mark and hundreds of kids have A symbols in everything. But somehow, pupils still fail even this excuse of a matric exam. And amazingly, nobody has ever asked Why ????

  • Willie Olivier - 2012-10-22 06:07

    its all good and well, and I wish them all the luck, but where are they going to find jobs? With South Africa's reputation in the gutter with all the strikes and violence, the overseas investors are running away meaning less jobs for EVERY ONE!

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-10-22 06:32

    How about ALL South Africans especially government, carry Madiba's legacy.

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-10-22 07:17

    Ho the hell can they bring Mangela's name into this. It is not the legacy of Mandela, today it is the legacy of or more importantly the non performance of the cANCer. I have this sneaky suspicion that cANCer markers will influence this year's results by instruction.

  • Teuneman - 2012-10-22 08:32

    \With the improving overall passes each year, we are now focusing on improving the quality of the passes.\ Only Zuma and George bush is capable of saying this.

  • lskosana3 - 2012-10-22 08:46

    Good luck to all the students, hardwork always pays off!

      merven.halo - 2012-10-22 15:11

      They don't have to worry, Angie's Department of Basic Education will make sure the pass percentage will be at least over 72%.

  • Msika - 2012-10-22 14:41

    He never wrote matric, what the He!ll does he knows about writing matric.

  • Bhavisha Nathoo - 2012-10-23 01:34

    good luck to all matriculants! its strange that ATT n PRIORITY is only given to learners wen in matric, where as learners in gr 10 to 11 are neglected by being stuffed in a classroom with 37 desks n 45 learners in a class! so wats the point? those learners r not given that opportunity to learn in an environment that will develop them b4 matric. sad! im an educator n priorities is certainly a complex definition to understand!

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