The South African Democratic Students Movement (SADESMO) would like to congratulate the class of 2012 for their courage and dedication which ensured there was an increase in the pass rate from 2011.
We are however deeply concerned by the fact that only 26% of our brothers and sisters who passed their matric in government schools can be admitted to Universities. This is worrying because there is a major contrast between the results in ‘Independent’ Schools, which do much better than ‘State’ Schools.
This is a clear indication that not enough is done by the state to totally fix the education crises in South Africa. The Department of Basic Education needs to make it a priority to increase the pass percentage in State Schools.
We are also concerned by the prospects of our freshly matriculated youth who will neither be in institutions of higher education nor at work in 2013 due to the high unemployment levels, inadequate space in universities, lack of financial power and the poor state of our FET Colleges, which absolutely fail to inspire students despite the efforts put in by the Department of Higher Education and Training.
We are also worried by the low pass rates in provinces such as the Eastern Cape and Limpopo. We hope the Department will send a task team to all under-performing provinces to determine why this is so.
We encourage unsuccessful matriculants not to despair but to view this as a turning point in their lives by ensuring they are registered to write their matric again this year with dedication and new found confidence.