6 January 2016
Issued by the Office of the ANC EC Provincial Secretary
As the ANC in the Eastern Cape we observe and note the matric results class of 2015.
Indeed we are disappointed with a shorking decline of 8% that landed us to 56.8% from 65.4%. After all the efforts and hard work by our government in support of education in the province, we realy dont believe this is what we have come to achieve. Indeed something drastic needs to be done.
We however wish to congratulate all those who perfomed very well. We note Cradock district continues to lead and all other districts have a lot to learn from it. We congratulate those learners who have managed to be amongst the top national achievers, well done. We also congratulate those who qualify for university as the numbers dropped, they have worked hard.
We wish to encourage those who did not make it to try again and explore other available opportunity. There is always another option.
We must thank the department and the government for the effort made. We must thank all the parents who provided support to their kids, we say there is a lot more to do. Communities must realise their responsibility in education and start now to engage and contribute. As the ANC, we are sitting with a heavy responsibility to analyse what to do next. We are not going to rest, we are going to pull all our efforts as well in 2016 towards a better performance.
Education remains our priority as the ANC, the better life of the whole province is depending on quality of education we give our youth. It is not about numbers and percentages. Education is the driver of the broader development agenda, it is therefore not acceptable to produce such results.
It is time that each and everyone with a responsibility in that department account for work appointed to do. Managers must perform or leave. Teachers must teach children or stay at home. We must sort the administrative challenges facing that department once and for all, no one can expect better performance in a department with continued instability in administration. In that department, we need people that are going to take decisions and deal with problems created decisively.
We are expecting a detailed report soon from our education subcommittee and we will engage further on what actions to take. We will take action as soon as possible.
We congratulate other provinces who have done very well.
The statement must be attributed to Oscar Mabuyane, the ANC EC Provincial Secretary.