ActionSA congratulates matriculants across the country who passed their national senior certificate (NSC) examinations, but we are concerned about the growing gap between the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) and NSC results.
The IEB results, which most South African private schools use, showed that 98.42% of matriculants who wrote the examination passed, and 89.32% received a bachelor’s pass.
Comparatively, the NSC results, which all public schools in South Africa used, showed that 80.1% passed the examination, but only 26.7% achieved marks high enough for a bachelor’s pass.
This growing gap between the results of private schools through IEB and public schools through NSC shows that the ANC government has entrenched education inequality and is indicative of their failure to provide quality education.
The reality is that the quality of South African public education is far from where it needs to be and is unable to equip young people for further education or for the workplace.
We invite the department of basic education and Minister Angie Motshekga to reflect on whether their celebration is appropriate as the results might look promising, but deeper reflection shows that we are failing our young people by not giving them the education they deserve.
ActionSA urges the department of basic education to urgently address the quality of education South Africa provides, to continue its work to introduce more technical subjects, and we also thank our hardworking teachers for their dedication towards our children.
In this vein, the department should address the looming teacher shortage as 50% of current teachers are retiring within the next 10 to 15 years.
ActionSA believes that quality education is South Africa’s best hope of creating a more equitable and prosperous society, and we will therefore do everything in our power to ensure our children are not let down.