The DA in Gauteng congratulates the matric class of 2017 for maintaining its good standard by obtaining a 85, 1 percent pass rate.
Many Gauteng districts performed exceptionally well and achieved outstanding results.
This success must be used to unlock the potential of this province.
The DA believes that Education is the key to opportunities and redressing the past imbalances.
Gauteng Department of Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi must dedicate 2018 to achieving a 90% pass rate that is characterized by more bachelors in the province.
This can only be achieved by the department focusing on employing qualified school principals and teachers, prioritizing teacher development, improving school infrastructure, providing more support to schools from the districts and resourcing schools in poor areas.
Education is a basic right and all learners deserve quality education.
Furthermore, to achieve quality and better results teaching and learning must begin from day one of schooling in 2018.
The DA will request that the MEC pays close attention to poorly performing schools and districts.
The focus should start from the foundation phase to ensure that all learners complete the 12 year basic education cycle.
The DA urges learners who have passed to celebrate in a responsible manner and those who didn’t achieve their desired results to repeat the grade or consider other avenues.