Teacher unions have high expectations for matric pass rate

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The countdown for the annual matric results is officially underway, with Grade 12 learners waiting in anticipation to see how they did.

The Independent Examinations Board will announce private schools’ matric results on January 7, with the Department of Basic Education releasing the state National Senior Certificate matric exam results on January 8.

As the country waits in anticipation to see how the Class of 2019 performed, teacher unions are confident the matric results will be much better than those of last year.

KwaZulu-Natal matriculants achieved a 76.2% pass rate last year and despite the various challenges faced by the education system during 2019, unions claim teachers did their utmost best to prepare the Grade 12 learners for their exams.

Nomarashiya Caluza, the provincial secretary of the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu), emphasises that teachers did what was expected of them and often went beyond the call of duty. Furthermore, she claims Sadtu ensured there were no strikes or protests which would disrupt the learning process.

Allen Thompson, the deputy president of the National Teachers’ Union (Natu), adds that Natu has high expectations for this year’s matric results. He claims they should be able to maintain or improve on last year’s results.

However, he states little is being done to resolve the issues faced within the education system. Thompson explains teachers are often confronted with overcrowded classes, while schools often lack the necessary resources for both teachers and learners.

Approximately 700 000 learners sat for the matric exams administered by the Department of Basic Education. Out of this, more than 100 000 were part-time pupils.

Pixelfish Marketing and the Newcastillian wishes the Class of 2019 all the best for their upcoming results.

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