ECape 2015 Matric results reflect rich and poor education systems - SACP

JANUARY 8, 2016

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape said it has noted with concern the outcomes of the Grade 12 or Matric results of the class of 2015. The Eastern Cape pass rate dropped from 65.4% in 2014 to 56.8% in 2015, after three years of consecutive upward movement.

"It is our firm view that these Matric results, like the previous ones, presents to all of us the story of our education system, wherein education for haves and have-nots is vivid," said SACP Eastern Cape Provincial Spokesperson, Siyabonga Mdodi.

"We should all look unto the Matric results beyond numbers and percentages and appreciate that we are speaking of people from different social backgrounds.

"We should move beyond seeing Matric results as a contest of who got better percentages than the other. This fixation with numbers has led us into letting the ministry free from accounting for the children, who were in Grade 1 in 2003, and allowed it to only account for those who have written matric.

"In the current form, the Matric results do not offer an effective tool to measure progress in basic schooling."

He said that the SACP would like to see greater focus in the education outcomes that is linked to the kind of citizens and country "we seeking to build as opposed to this numbers chasing game with no deliberate developmental plans linked on the curriculum objectives for progressive education system".

"In fact, the outcomes call for the need to have a basic education system that is rooted in the foundation phase and meaningful training and support of educators.

"The must be specialization and deliberate curriculum streams that are followed by various schools in provinces than the current situation where students focus on every subject," Mdodi said.

"We are calling upon all stakeholders in education to make more efforts geared at improving outcomes of education. The parents should get closer to the education of their children, so as the entire community as education is a societal matter."

Mdodi said that SACP is calling for more efforts in improving the schools infrastructure in the poor communities, ensuring the availability of fully functioning libraries, computer laboratories with internet to increase research capacity, enough educators, improved scholar nutrition, well-resourced and functioning laboratories, adequate scholar transport, etc.

"This will go a long way in ensuring that every child regardless of class or race gets has equivalent and non-discriminatory prospect to success. The working class schools between quintiles 1, 2 and 3 should be developed and highly equipped to meet the standard of the upper ranked schools between quintiles 4 and 5.

"We call on the institutions of Higher Learning and Training to ensure that these students receive all the necessary support in enrolling. Parents must also encourage their children to enrol with the TVET Colleges for skills development; if we are to embark on massive skills development it would mean de-stigmatization of our TVET Colleges," Mdodi said.

"We, the SACP recommit ourselves to working even harder with the people of the province to ensure that we receive better results in 2016 academic year. Let us all commit in making education a societal matter."

While congratulating students that passed, he said that those that stumbled due to many obstacles should not despair but to utilise many opportunities available to attain skills.

"We would like to also congratulate the teachers, particularly those working in quintile 1, 2 and 3 as they work under difficult conditions."