he EFF isn’t happy that fewer matrics wrote exams last year than in 2013.
Reacing to the matric results today, the party’s Fana Mokoena said that 10 years ago more than a million kids were in Grade 2, and the number that actually made it to matric and wrote exams is very worrying.
“We also note with concern that Umalusi declared the exam process free and fair while group cheating is on the increase,” he said.
“This is a worrying phenomenon for education in a country infested with corruption from the top.”
Mokoena said the EFF noted the increase in the pass rate in Limpopo and a few other provinces, but it is still worried about the low pass mark for most major subjects.
Pupils were still getting an inferior education they have to pay for, despite the Freedom Charter calling for free, compulsory, universal and equal education for all kids, he said.
“It is this wish that should have informed and guided the policies of the ruling party over the last 20 years,” Mokoena said.
He encouraged all pupils to actively seek better quality education.
“We encourage them to demand better quality teachers and a better learning environment. We encourage them to demand free education until first level tertiary training,” he said.