Pupils not adequately prepared - DA

2012-10-18 22:03

Johannesburg - The basic education department has failed to adequately prepare pupils for the matric final year exams, the DA said on Thursday.

A distinction should be drawn between being ready to administer an exam and having effectively prepared pupils to write, the Democratic Alliance said in a statement.

"Minister Angie Motshekga's proud assurance that the examinations will proceed smoothly belies the reality that the department and government [have] failed to prepare and support pupils throughout the year," said DA basic education spokesperson Annette Lovemore.

Motshekga said earlier in the day that all provinces were ready for the exams, which start on Monday.

Lovemore said class disruptions were among the problems pupils faced.

"In the Northern Cape, intimidation kept pupils out of class for months. The department is facing a court action to compel it to fill [thousands of] teacher posts in the Eastern Cape."

A briefing to the portfolio committee on education by the department had revealed there was no comprehensive plan in place to address teacher shortages.

Lovemore said a lack of facilities such as libraries, laboratories and computer centres added to the problems at schools.

  • nmukini - 2012-10-18 22:18


      lsfreak - 2012-10-18 22:37

      Yeah agreed, most normal thinking people know this. I would like to see the real results before "adjustments" to see how well the kids really do.

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-18 22:20

    An injustice to all pupils by a Leadership that would rather try and listen to ancestors than to those who have a proven record of know how and the skills but are marginalized .

  • christopher.shining - 2012-10-18 22:21

    Are you seriouusss! angaaas...What you telling. Are you seriouss? DA we know! They don't. As long as the real people know...thats cool.

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-18 22:25

      we cannot try and persuade them anymore, and try show them whats good for them, they are blind to self enrichment...its time that they go there way, we go ours. It will still work in our favour> As they will still be doing waht they do 50years down the line...hahaha if they don't kill each other off.

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-18 22:27

      and I dont care if they do...because they cannot kill us, because they will have the world on them and we will take over again, which is a good thing.Mwahhh

  • zelda.dickson - 2012-10-18 22:27

    If the kids went to school to learn they would pass. They go there to se how much fighting and harm they can cause. Knives, guns, drugs etc. Abuse teachers. They do not deserve to pass.

  • Zimzon - 2012-10-18 22:32

    ANC = African National Cock-up

  • lynda.pitcher.1 - 2012-10-18 22:37

    , Of course they are'nt prepared, few have competent teachers

  • Tello Moleko - 2012-10-18 22:46

    they are going to pass with distinctions on sex,abortion,drugs,alcohol,assault on teachers and easiest subject is pregnancy and 1st language is vulgar and hold death certificate

  • SharonE - 2012-10-18 22:50

    The government will go to great lengths to prove the DA wrong - but the end result will land up on the poor universities' doorstep. A new batch of would-be doctors, accountants and lawyers who can barely write their names. All because the government would rather adjust results than actually educate our children.

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-10-19 05:35

    The government has failed all of us but the children are the ones who suffer the most by their inadequacy in ensuring that from Grade one they are taught properly. The whole system is bad they dropped the standard to "help" them to pass but in doing so have ruined their high school years as they cannot do the work once they get there. DISGRACEFUL

  • solange.russo - 2012-10-23 13:21

    If the ANC attached importance to proper education - they wouldn't be in power! This way, you keep your people dumb, and they will still fall for all your empty promises come election time.

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