The test for the department of the Basic Education will be the quality of the matric results, which will be announced by Minister Angie Motshekga tonight. The provincial target of a 70% pass rate for the Eastern Cape was commendable, but, sadly, taking circumstances into account, this will not be achieved.
The DA believes that the Eastern Cape’s class of 2014 could have achieved a pass rate of 70% if teachers had implemented learner programmes efficiently and if the Department of Education had monitored the implementation of these programmes. These included weekend classes, winter schools and newspaper education supplements.
Unfortunately teachers were also not adequately trained in the new CAPS (Curriculum and Policy Statement) curriculum. Coupled with absenteeism, overcrowded classrooms and staff issues relating to redeployment, any improvement from the 2013 matric pass rate of 64,9% in the province should be welcomed.
We are holding thumbs together with the Class of 2014. Those learners whose results may be a disappointment must not lose heart. Go back and try again.