Ahead of the Grade 12 examinations it is necessary to reflect on the context in which pupils will be required to write.
The Education Department has failed to provide adequate learning material or the necessary support in relation to teacher development and assessment practices, have no framework to expand specialist subjects in poor areas and have failed to reduce the dropout rate.
In addition to this the poor state of our libraries, with their limited operational hours, outdated learning material and lack of Internet access, create an even bigger barrier to opportunities for the youth.
It is evident that the system is in a shambles and this is confirmed by our Minister of Education.
But unlike the ANC Youth League, to whom issues relevant to the youth and pupils always occupy the last position on the agenda, the DA Youth will continue to prioritise this area, and will persist with our advocation of career guidance at primary and secondary schools and the use of information and communication technologies in teaching.
We wish Grade 12 pupils well during this exciting journey and remind them that we support them fully as the future hope of South Africa.
Khume Ramulifho,DA Youth spokesman,Riverlea