DA congratulates Gauteng’s class of 2014

Khume Ramulifho MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education

The DA congratulates Gauteng’s grade 12 learners who successfully passed the 2014 National Senior Certificate exams, and achieved South Africa’s highest pass rate of 84,7%.

While the pass rate is much lower than MEC Panyaza Lesufi’s target of 90%, the province deserves recognition for claiming the top three and joint fifth districts in the country.

Education opens doors for opportunities to build a better life, and Gauteng requires knowledgeable and skilled people to advance economic development to improve quality of life.

Yet, while successfully passing matric may be the building blocks of a better life, further study is necessary to make that dream a reality – and the MEC now needs to focus attentions on improving the 34,4% bachelor’s pass rates.

The DA believes that to do so, it is important to ensure that the quality of matric passes are spread across the board across all quintile schools.

In the past, we observed that quintile five bachelor passes exceeded all those in quintiles one to four combined, and the MEC and his department now have to take the responsibility to improve the quality of education to all learners – and reduce societal inequalities.

Although the MEC acknowledged the necessity to improve learner retention in the senior secondary phase, it remains to be seen how the department will do so.

The DA will submit written questions to the MEC to provide us with detailed responses on how the department will address these challenges, as well as further details of the districts which performed below average, as well as performance per individual schools.

The DA wishes to thank all learners, teachers, principals and parents for their dedication and commitment during the past year. We wish those facing supplementary exams and those who have chosen to repeat the year, the very best of success going forward.