Minister Motshekga Is Arrogant, says Congress

The Congress of South African Students is of the opinion that the Minister of Basic Education is arrogant and needs to do her job better. The Congress is happy with the results but believe that there's still a lot of work to do in schools.

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The Congress of South African Students (COSAS) still has a bone to pick with Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, on schools, even though they are happy with the results.

Motshekga said where there has been great results, there has also been little interruption to schooling. However, when looking at protests by COSAS on the reopening of schools, this does not seem to be the case.

Secretary-General of COSAS, Tebogo Magafana, said:

The old lady must not mislead the society. We are not satisfied with how she runs the department of education ... she must blame her office, not us, because you can't go to school without PPEs and we made it clear to her to save lives and the academic calendar.

COSAS has been trying to engage with them as they believe the Minister is "old and arrogant". 

When asked about whether future protests will see learners absent from classes, Magafana says that these protests are for the learners and that they must come. This could then be seen as them being disruptive and counterproductive.

To this, the Secretary-General responds:

No one is disrupting schools. They are the problem, not us. We have tried to engage with them. They don't listen to anybody. They are arrogant.

"We're not disrupting, we're just raising our concern as young people. We interact with structures before anything ... the Department wants to shift the blame to us"

Matric Results

COSAS has said that they are happy and proud of the Class of 2020 as they've managed to fight the fight during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Matric Class of 2020 produced a pass rate of 76.2% which shows a decline of 5.1% when compared to last year's pass rate.

The overall pass mark has improved this year, as well as the passes of distinctions, said Motshekga. The Class of 2020 is said to have given the best academic performance in the system.

Of the passes, 36.4% were Bachelors passes, 26% were Diploma passes, 13.7% were Higher Certificate passes and only 0.01% were National Senior Certificate (NSC) passes.

There were 725 034 registered candidates for the NSC in 2020. 607 226 of these were full-time candidates and 117 800 were part-time candidates. Added to this was the June and December exams which brought the total of candidates writing to over 1 million, the highest it has ever been.

147 question papers were set, 8 million were printed and 706 million scripts were marked. Almost 65 000 exam invigilators were hired along with 45 272 markers in 179 marking centres.

 

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