The IFP extends its heartiest congratulations to the Matric class of 2012 but remains extremely concerned of the overall quality of education afforded learners in South Africa.
IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mr. Alfred Mpontshane said, "Tertiary study is essential but once again only a small percentage of our matriculants qualify for university entrance and this must bring into question the standard and quality of education in South Africa".
Mpontshane added, "Another very worrisome fact is the high number of learners who have dropped out of the system before completing matric. The sad state of affairs remains that the Department of Education is failing our children. The quality of our educational standards in respect of both education and teachers must be greatly improved".
"The IFP is also extremely concerned about the maths and science results which remain poor. We need equipment for these subjects at our schools particularly in rural areas and we need competent teachers in maths and science. This must be prioritized by the department" said Mpontshane.
"The IFP is happy that the Eastern Cape and Limpopo have improved in their pass rates even though they still remain at the bottom of the list of provincial pass rates and we encourage them to do even better next year", said Mpontshane.
"We also urge our matriculants to continue with their studies at universities and FET colleges and hope that there will be no tragedies during the registration process this year unlike last year where a mother of a learner died at the University of Johannesburg during a stampede."