South Africa’s Democratic Alliance (DA) party wailed over the continued poor matric results of Eastern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal affirming that the inequality in SA education system should be a stain on our conscience.
The party congratulated all learners who performed well in their National Senior Certificate examinations, and thanked the excellent and dedicated teachers who sacrifice so much to educate the nation’s children.
DA added that it’s tempting to interpret the modest improvement in the matric pass rate (from 70.7% to 72.5%) as a sign that the country is moving in the right direction after last year’s 5% drop.
“But to do so would be to ignore the most significant aspect of the matric results, and that is the continued poor performance in the big three provinces of the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal, which obtained 59.3%, 62.5% and 66.4% respectively.
“These three provinces, which comprises 54% of this year’s Matric learners, lagged far behind Mpumalanga (77.1%), the Northern Cape (78.7%), the North West (82.5%), Gauteng (85.1%), the Western Cape (87.7%) and the Free State (88.2%),” stated the DA.
To them, it is tragic that a child’s scholastic success is still very much determined by the province they live in and which school they go to after two decades apartheid ended.
DA asserted that it’s no coincidence that the worst performing provinces in Matric 2016 were those where SADTU is most dominant.
The party said:
“The provincial education departments in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal were all found by the Ministerial Task Team in its ‘jobs for cash’ report to have been captured by SADTU.
Unless Minister Motshekga deals decisively with SADTU, these provinces will remain perennial poor performers.
We are also concerned that mathematics achievement has flat lined. The pass rate for Mathematics is only 51.1% (49.1% in 2015), and the rate for Maths Literacy has dropped for the fifth year in a row to 71.3%.
It is still an open question whether the upward adjustments of the raw marks in mathematics, mathematical literacy and 26 other subjects led to an artificial inflation of the marks.
We will be following up with the quality assurer, Umalusi, to make sure that the standardization process was carried out correctly.”
Also, DA commended the DA-governed Western Cape for its continued improvement across a range of indicators in matric results. The Province scored:
- A pass rate of 85.9%, an increase of 1.2% from 2015;
- A bachelor pass rate of 40.9% of learners, the highest in the country;
- A mathematics pass rate of 77.2%, an increase of 2.3% from 2015
Above all, the party charged the country to reflect on the 2016 matric results and be mindful of the huge inequalities that remain in the country’s education system.
“We call on Minister Motshekga to act decisively against SADTU and all those who prevent us from redressing these inequalities,” finished the party.