North West Media statement on the 2016 Matric Examinations

26 October 2016


SADTU North West takes this opportunity to wish all the 2016 Matric Learners a decent journey through the current examinations. At the beginning of the academic year, we had notable challenges that naturally suggested harsh experiences. You were brave enough to confront such with vigour and conquered them without being deterred. Amongst others; our schools were engulfed by unruly cross-winds that threatened the delivery of both qualitative and quantitative public education. Such were evidenced by the following:

  • Community protests that denied both learners and educators access to schooling
  • Stringent Post Provisioning Model
  • Provision of resources
  • Low educator morale because of the non- payments of Rural Incentives
  • Uncertainties triggered by modulation and many more challenges
  • Departmental delayed progress in implementing Collective Agreements

We want to commend all the learners for having subjected themselves to abnormal stretch of teaching and learning. This followed the collective approach and indulgence by the Department of Education and Sports Development, labour unions and in particular SADTU, religious formations and other components of our society. We applaud the stakeholders for the good work, and contribution they made. We further appeal that the support you rendered since the beginning of the year continues to shine throughout the examinations.

"Mosele wa pula o epiwa go sale gale." This all significant adage points to the need that we must plan and get ready for whatever cause we need to press on long in advance, must never be compromised. We must have learnt from bitter experiences. We now know what we must be put in place in order to ease the year ahead. As we end the year, challenges outlined must be attended by all stakeholders particularly the Department of Education and Sports Development in fast tracking provisions of the resources and the implementation of Collective Agreements that are meant to assist the delivery of education.

We wish you all the best and are certain that the efforts that we put as a collective of stakeholders will yield to flamboyant results and nothing to the contrary. Good luck in your examinations. SADTU is with you and will continue supporting you even in life beyond matriculation.

All the best to the class of 2016!!!!!!

Prepared by SADTU North West Provincial Secretariat:

Provincial Secretary (Keoagile Kale: 071 385 4659)
Deputy Provincial Secretary (Lawrence Modiba 082 809 0064)