The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) welcomes the recently announced 2014 matric results by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. We acknowledge the hard work demonstrated by dedicated teachers and determined learners who managed to reach 75.8% pass rate, but we are greatly concerned by the 2.4% decline from previous year’s 78.2%. Much has been said by the department and education experts about the new curriculum; Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) noting that the 2014 class was the first to sit for the final exams.
POPCRU has also noted the decline of Bachelors passes from 30.6 % to 28.3%. We are now of the view that matric exams are not solely an issue for the Education department but for the South African community as well. It is now time for us to come together to tackle the challenges facing teachers and learners. Regional education officials, the School Governing Bodies as well as families, need to become fully involved in programmes put in place by the education system and constantly monitor those programmes.
We recognise the efforts by South African teachers who despite their working conditions made it possible for hard working learners to attain their National Senior Certificates. We further congratulate learners that worked tirelessly ensuring that they shape their futures through education and encourage them to register with Universities and other institutions of higher learning. To those who failed, all is not lost. There are platforms tailor made for re-writing their exams.
POPCRU calls to the Basic Education Department to offer quality trainings and workshops to further equip educators in adapting with the changes brought about by the curriculum.
Issued by POPCRU 06/01/2015
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