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Eastern Cape 2016 Matric Results: No cause for celebration says DA Eastern Cape

Jan 5, 2017
Eastern Cape 2016 Matric Results: No cause for celebration says DA Eastern Cape

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape says it welcomes the slight improvement in the province's 2016 matric pass rate at 59% - up from 56.8% in 2015, an increase of 2.5%.

"But this is far off the department’s goal of 70%," said the DA's Eastern Cape Shadow MEC for Education, Edmund van Vuuren (MPL), in a statement.

"There is no cause for celebration. We are the worst performing province, with the five worst performing districts, each obtaining less than 50%. The Eastern Cape is the only province with districts that achieved less than 50%.

"The learners of this province are being badly let down by the department’s failure to meet its own targets and plans. For example, the MEC of Education has failed to fully implement his new service delivery model in reducing the 23 districts to 12 and to establish 150 circuit offices, located where schools are."

Ahead of the results announcement, he had said that the party was hoping that the province will break through the 60% barrier.

"This, however, will be a tough nut to crack giving the fact the second term (June 2016) provincial results stood at 44.9 % and in September 2016 improved to 48.3%," he was quick to add.

Van Vuuren however, congratulated the Cradock education district for again achieving the best results the province as well as all the learners who passed their matric.

"It is time that the Premier and the MEC took a hard look at what is going wrong in the department and make the necessary changes," he added.

"The learners of this province cannot continue to be sacrificed on Sadtu’s altar of appeasement because the provincial government lacks the courage to make the necessary changes."

Read more on the Eastern Cape's 2016 Matric Pass Rate HERE.