SADTU Gauteng applauds teachers following improvement in 2016 Matric Results

5 January 2017

SADTU Gauteng welcomes the release of National Senior Certificate results today by MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

The results reflect an improvement from 2015 results from 84,2% to 85.1% .The results are also showing a qualitative advance through 37,582 Bachelor passes out of 103,829 learners who wrote the examination and represent the highest in the country.

It is pleasing to note that several township schools and learners rank among the top three achievers in the Province. This is a significant shift from what prevailed in the past where majority of top learners and schools would be from rich socioeconomic background. This narrows the race and class gap which has been bedeviling our education system.

We congratulate all learners who passed and wish them well as they pursue their different careers. We commend their parents and their immediate communities for providing the necessary support.

Most importantly, we wish to thank the teachers - and our members in particular - for playing their revolutionary role which produced these much-appreciated results. Teachers work in very difficult circumstances ranging from huge class sizes, inadequate resources and socioeconomic issues with very little support. SADTU commands huge support in township schools and, contrary to undue attack by our detractors led by the DA, our members are doing extremely well.

We call on the department to provide second chance opportunities to those learners who didn`t make it including those who modularised. We also urge the department to give more attention to foundation phase, especially Grade R. This will enable learners to build a solid foundation from which to develop. In doing so, learners may not need additional support programs such as SSIP. Furthermore, we call for more support to be provided to technical schools in order to provide more alternatives to learners through this important stream.

We shall continue to work with all stakeholders and progressive formations to pursue our resolve to build a learning nation and advance quality public education.

Issued by:
Tseliso Ledimo, Provincial Secretary, 082 459 4737
Dudu Nkosi, Provincial Deputy Secretary, 082 459 4743