By Khume Ramulifho MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC of Education:
The DA in Gauteng congratulates learners who passed grade 12 in 2015. The quality of passes open doors for more opportunities. The success of this province is dependent on young people who work hard, prepared to create and utilise opportunities.
Equally, well done to the Sedibeng district for being the best district in the country!
Gauteng took second position following the Western Cape (84.7%) with 84.2%. The DA believes that more emphasis is required to fix the education system especially at schools that fall within the quintile 1-3 (Schools in quintile 1, 2 and 3 have been declared no-fee schools, while schools in quintiles 4 and 5 are fee-paying schools).
Many of these schools operate under difficult circumstances including overcrowding, lack of resources and socio-economic challenges. This will assist in redressing inequalities in our country.
Learners and parents are urged to ensure that they only enrol at registered colleges.
There are many fly by night colleges which take advantage of learners’ excitement and enrol them into bogus institutions.
The Department of Higher Education must ensure that they provide a list of registered colleges to avoid bogus institutions.
The DA will be asking Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, to provide a breakdown of passes for each school in the province to ensure that targeted interventions are made to improve the quality of passes in 2016.
All learners must be afforded quality basic education.