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NEHAWU Statement On The 2018 Matric Results

Thursday January 03, 2019

The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] welcomes the 2018 National Senior Certificate [Matric] results as announced by the Department of Basic Education this evening.

We congratulate all learners, their families, school governing bodies and all other relevant stakeholders for their collective effort to ensure improvement in the matric results. We also congratulate our ally and sister union, the South African Democratic Teachers Unions [SADTU] for their sterling work under very harsh conditions.

We note the steady improvement of the results by 3.1% from 75.1% for the class of 2017 to 78.2% for the class of 2018. NEHAWU urges learners who did not do well to consider the Department of Basic Education Second Chance Matric Re-write programme.

As NEHAWU, we are very concerned that rural provinces continue to perform very badly with no improvement in sight. Government needs to improve the quality rural schools as a matter of urgency and ensure that they are on par with their urban counterparts.

As NEHAWU, we reiterate the call by our ally the South African Students Congress [SASCO] for government to immediately stop the continued systematic discrimination and marginalization of the children of the poor and working class, blacks in particular by including the Independent Examination Board [IEB] maths adjustments [increase] whilst maintaining raw marks [no increase] for the National Senior Certificate [NSC].

This further buttresses our long standing call for a more radical and decisive approach in ensuring that the country implements a single-effective coordinated education system that does not disadvantage children from poor families and favours only those with deep pockets. NEHAWU will lobby both SADTU and the Progressive Youth Alliance [PYA] to pick a fight in defence of students from poor backgrounds who are being marginalised by the education system in our democratic dispensation.

The national union will intensify its call for the Department of Basic Education to implement a national independent examination council which would, in part, lead to a single matric examination that would do away with the National Senior Certificate [NSC] written by pupils in the public education system and the Independent Examination Board [IEB].

The national union will join SASCO in their Right to Learn campaign and assist both prospective and returning students to gain access in all institutions of higher learning and to ensure that the doors of learning are open for all academically deserving students.

The national union working with SADTU and Progressive Youth Alliance [PYA] will urgently convene an education alliance meeting to thoroughly analyse these outcomes and map up a way forward for the future in preparations for the class of 2017.

Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968;
December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969;
Khaya Xaba (NEHAWU Media Liaison Officer) at 082 455 2500 or
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