The IFP Youth Brigade is extremely concerned that the Grade 12 results are on a perpetual decline and the interventions of Minister Angie Motshekga have been failed to arrest the situation for the better; therefore she should do the correct and honourable thing and resign.
Since the Minister took office in 2009 basic education has been tripping from failure to failure, scandal to scandal; and this cannot be allowed to continue.
The high percentages seen previously can only be attributed to when the pass rate benchmarks were lowered to 30%; therefore those yesteryear results must be taken with a pinch of salt.
The decline in the pass rate is not surprising given the failure of the department to harness the required requisite and cognitive expertise to improve education development; this is a major indictment on the department and the Minister.
The continued politicisation of education through the strangle-hold of SADTU over the ANC remains an Achilles-heel. We have a situation where the tail now wags the dog. SADTU says jump and the ANC Government says how high.
The disastrous decline in KZN sits squarely on the shoulders of SADTU where the post buying scandal has played itself out. SADTU has by all interpretations abandoned the noble prescripts of the teaching profession.
The mass copying and group cheating fiasco has somewhat reared its ugly head again because of the laissez-faire manner in which the 2014 scandal of this nature was dealt with. In the absence of consequences, the problem will persist.
The IFPYB wishes to congratulate those of the Class of 2015 who have weathered a difficult academic storm and beaten the odds.
We also wish to thank those teachers, parents, Gogos and communities who went the extra mile in supporting the Class of 2015.
Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP
IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson
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