KZN matric results: 17% pass rate drop in two years means MEC Nkonyeni must go

By Mbali Ntuli, MPL, DA KZN Spokesperson on Education:

THE announcement of KZN’s 2015 matric results last night, which reveal a massive 17% drop in the province’s pass rate over the past two years, is ample evidence that the learners of our province are not in safe hands.

The pass rate – 60.7% – is down from 69.7% in 2014 and 77.4% in 2013 while KZN was also ranked the second worst performing province in the country after the Eastern Cape.  Meanwhile, the DA-led Western Cape led the way with a pass rate of 84.7%.

These figures speak for themselves.  They show the difference between DA education excellence and ANC education decline.

While the DA congratulates the many KZN matrics that passed their exams there can be no more excuses for the fact that some 40% of matric learners in our province did not.

Quality education is the passport to opportunity and a brighter future for young South Africans.  Yet the ANC is systemically denying people where it governs and KZN is a prime example.

Despite the many assurances by MEC Nkonyeni and her department that all was on track in the run-up to exams, the reality is that KZN’s education department does not have its finger on the pulse and our schools are out of control.

Not only are matric results plummeting, group copying has also re-emerged this year. Meanwhile, Sadtu continues to have a stranglehold on the education system.

The consequences of this year’s disastrous results are far-reaching.  The tip of the iceberg is increased unemployment in KZN as a result of young people who are not employable, an ever-widening skills gap and a shrinking economy here in our province.

There can be no more excuses.

KZN needs an MEC who does not dodge the real issues and who is fully committed to fixing our education system from the bottom up.

It does not need an MEC who is a political appointment.

The DA expects KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu, to acknowledge our call and immediately remove MEC Nkonyeni from her post.  He must no longer place party patronage above the needs of our learners.