DA insults Black 2013 Matriculants

2014-01-08 07:55

 So much has been written before about the matric results and the quality of our education system. I have written about it complaining because I believe I am its victim.

Whenever I complain and criticize however I must commend strides made to improve our education system. And this is something many of us South Africans fail to do.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motsekga released the 2013 Matric results Monday. She announced that last year learners achieved an overall 78.2% pass. This is a great improvement considering that when she took over in 2009 the pass rate was only 60%.

But then all of us agree that the pass rate is not a good indicator and should not be the only thing we look at. Rather we could look at how many young people qualify for University.

In 2009, less than 20% got Bachelor passes allowing them to go to University, in 2013 that increased to over 30%. There is progress, at progress should be noted.

And the hard truth about progress is that it’s gradual, we can’t have 20% Bachelor passes in 2009 and have 100% bachelor passes the following year. Many factors hinder progress and I have written about them before.

What pushed me to write this blog was not to repeat what we already know, but to comment on DA’s call to audit the Matric Results dubbing them as fraudulent and questioning their credibility.

For the first time in DA’s control of the Western Cape, the Western Cape dropped from 2nd place in 2012 to 4th place in the provincial results this year. Usually, Western Cape would holds either the second or the first place competing with Gauteng.

DA’s call for the audit of the results is not only insulting to the learners of Free State and North West but it’s an insult to the hard work put in by the government of those provinces.

Helen Zille had never questioned the results before when they were either in second or first place.

DA’s call for the audit however is not suppressing, it’s rightly feeds on the stereotype that black people, especially if they are poor cannot succeed without fraudulent or criminal activities.

When the I.E.B students got an over 98% pass rate, no one in the DA and South Africa questioned their credibility because most I.E.B students are white and rich. And whites are able to succeed without being questioned.

When Public Schools get 78%, the DA cries foul play. Are Blacks dumb?

So the narrative of the stereotype DA feeds on continues.

Helen Zille and the DA refuse to believe that the black dominated public schools of North West and Free State can outperform the Western Cape.

They refuse to believe a black government of those provinces can do better than Donald Grant the Western Cape DA Education MEC.

The DA continues to question the intelligence of a black person, be it on Affirmative Action appointment at work or Affirmative Action acceptance in University.

Through its stance on these policies the DA continues to believe that blacks are not intelligent enough. It’s sad now they are even insulting learners who worked hard to pass their matric..

What is even sadder is that even Blacks who are insulted by the DA parrot the same insults directed to them, that Black students can't pass Matric on pure hard work.

DA believes Black learners in Public Schools are dumb and incapable of reaching higher passes without "fraud".

All of us continue to cry about the quality of our education as it continues to be of a low standard; that however does not mean we should question the passes and dub them fraudulent. Through the system there are learners who pass because of their hard work.

The controversial 30% mark also needs to be abolished. And we also need to inform ourselves when commenting on it.

No learner gets accepted at University or a University of Technology with a 30% pass of their matric results.

Only 176 learners passed with 30% marks in 2013 not making even 1% of the learners who passed.

It’s nonsensical then to question the credibility of the 78% using the 30% mark argument when such an extreme low number of learners passed with it.

While we bemoan the controversial pass mark it’s important to know that no learner desires to see such a mark on their results.

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