Class of 2018 challenged to increase district’s pass rate

SANCO Regional Secretary Thembinkosi Mthembu, local Cosatu Secretary Linda Mashaba, SACP district Deputy Secretary Jabulani Zulu and local YCLSA Secretary Simphiwe Magwaza Picture: Gugu Myeni

ANC alliance partners in the King Cetshwayo District have challenged the matric class of 2018 to increase the pass rate to 80%.

At a joint media briefing in Richards Bay on Tuesday, SACP, Cosatu, SANCO and YCLSA applauded the positive results obtained by the 2017 matrics in the district.

‘The class of 2017 has raised the bar and we call upon the class of 2018 to hit the ground running as of the first day of school.

‘We challenge you to take us to an 80% pass rate. We know you are capable,’ local Cosatu Secretary Linda Mashaba said, reading from a joint statement.

The alliance said the consistent growth in the local pass rate since 2015 shows that ‘we are on track’.

The King Cetshwayo matric class of 2015 achieved 58%, the 2016 matrics 63% and in 2017 71.64%.

‘We are encouraged that out of 204 schools in the King Cetshwayo District, six achieved a 100% pass rate.

‘We must congratulate Mningi High, Zimeme, St Catherine’s, Mkhombisi High, Tshelamanzi and eShowe High. When schools in deep rural areas achieve 100% with minimal resources, we know the department is doing something right.’

They further applauded the fact that 24 schools achieved above 90% and no school had a zero pass rate.

‘Special mention goes to Qalakabusha Secondary School (prison) and Vuleka School for the deaf.

These two schools prove that our department is committed to making education accessible no matter what barriers exist between a learner and education.’

The alliance urged the Department of Education ‘to research the economy and package subjects in such a way that a matric pass is not just a symbol pass, but equip learners to function in a competitive environment’.

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