Premier’s matric dream too ambitious, textbooks first

Jacques Smalle (MPL)

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

The Limpopo premier Stan Mathabatha’s recent statement wishing matriculants well during their coming final examination seems to suggest that it is all systems go and the province had done all it can to ensure his ambitious thoughts of 80% pass rate.

The DA finds it unthinkable that the same premier hardly had anything to say even when books were found to be dumped  in numerous spots across Limpopo

The 74 115 Matric candidates as is have gone through insurmountable challenges they faced this year including:

  • Late or no delivery of textbooks or in some cases the wrong textbooks
  • Schools such as Malamulele High facing strikes and not having water and sanitation services
  • Shortage of Maths, Science and Accounting teachers

The DA notes with great concern the obsession the Limpopo Department of Education has developed over the years with the main focus on quantity of Matric passes instead of the quality of output and keeping our learners in school.

The Premier’s expectations of an 80% pass rate suggests how unrealistic and unaware the department is in their failure to support our Grade 12’s. This year, the Department celebrated an improvement in Maths and Science of 7.9% and 7.8% respectively, yet fail to mention that our learners who are registered to write their final exams are only 13% of the total Grade 12 learners nationally.

  • 661 were registered for maths literacy and accounting meaning 1.4% of the total registered for these  particular subjects
  • 910 were registered for maths literacy and life sciences meaning 0.9%
  • And a staggering 19 were registered for civil, electrical and mechanical technology meaning 0.25%

As a department that consumes 51% of the total provincial budget, the learners and parents of Limpopo deserve better.

The DA urges this department to learn from the Western Cape, where the DA leads, which has recorded a high score of quality bachelor passes and equipped learners with skills to lead productive lives long after Grade 12.