The South African Democratic Students' Movement (SADESMO) has commended the class of 2016 for their hard work and dedication reflected in the results released by Minister Angie Motshekga.
Nonkululeko Nkwanyana ,SADESMO National Academic Development Officer, said "we are proud of the class of 2016 who did well despite being under immense pressure as they wrote during an election year of Local Government Elections and under the frustration at varsities due to the fees must fall protests affecting their application processes; and facing uncertainty of whether they will be able to further their studies or not".
Nkwanyana said "to those that didn't make it, it is not the end of the world. You have an option to rewrite, upgrade your results or go back to school and still achieve a better future, killing yourself is not the solution. It does not matter what anyone says or thinks because you did not make it does not mean even tomorrow you will not!
She further stated that "We are appalled at the statistics released last night which continue to show lack of development and progress on the part of the Department. "Limpopo, KwaZulu Natal and Eastern Cape remain at the bottom of the list however Limpopo produced most top achievers and KwaZulu Natal the most bachelor passes, it is unbelievable! We urge the Department to divert their focus to assist the MECs increase the quality of results in these rural dominated provinces, as potential is visible just more work needs to be done to meet them halfway.
In conclusion she said "social media is the most powerful communication tool utilised nowadays. We encourage people to refrain from making any negative comments and creating unnecessary pressure for our Class of 2016 as this may result in many suicide cases due to the impacts of the posts made on social media.
We wish the Class of 2016 well! May they continue to shine.
National Academic Development Officer