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COSATU congratulates the Class of 2017
The Congress of South African Trade Unions has noted the release of the Grade 12 results for the year 2017 and also that the National Certificate pass rate is at 75.1% with progressed learners, and 76.5% without progressed pupils. We congratulate all the students, who have passed their 2017 Matric examinations and offer our solidarity and support to all those, who did not succeed. We encourage them to pick themselves up and try again.
We acknowledge the thousands of teachers who continue to dedicate themselves to their work of reducing and ultimately eradicating illiteracy rate among young people and in this country. Under difficult circumstances teachers continue to contribute to the eradication of the legacy of Apartheid in our Education system.
These results must encourage the teachers unions, parents and civil society to work together with government to improve not just the quantity but also the quality of the results for this year 2018.
We are still faced with a challenge of eliminating the two-tier education system that contributes to our widening inequalities. Government needs to take full ownership and better manage the distribution of resources, including scholar transport, school feeding scheme and provision of Learner Teacher Support Materials (LTSM).
The department of education should also ensure that resources like language centres, science laboratories and libraries are provided to all schools, especially those from the previously disadvantaged communities. Teachers should be permanently employed and be paid decent salaries, while at the same time stakeholders should work together to improve the governance of the school system.
COSATU will continue to lobby government to create a conducive environment for teaching and learning by providing the necessary tools.
Issued by COSATU
Sizwe Pamla (National Spokesperson)
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