THE National Association of Parents in School Governing says it wants this academic year to be one of the most successful.
The parent body's chairperson, Mahlomola Kekana, said yesterday: "We want parents, teachers and pupils to make this a successful year. We do not want excuses at the end of the year."
Kekana said it was sad that pupils who failed matric were sent to adult education centres instead of being readmitted to schools.
"Why is it that when Grade 12 learners fail they are excluded from school. The school no longer sees any potential in their being better citizens."
Department of Education spokesperson Granville Whittle said pupils who failed matric should not be turned away.
Whittle said: "The second chance programme has been running for two years. Part one of it is to encourage those who fail certain matric subjects to repeat the grade. The second one is that those who failed a few subjects should register for supplementary (exams) in March at their schools."
Kekana said the NAPSG was worried that there were no holiday programmes for pupils during the June-July holidays when the soccer World Cup takes place.
"It is an extended vacation but the department has no plan for pupils. When pupils are idle, that's when they experiment with alcohol and drugs."
The NAPSG will start the academic year by cleaning Phefeni Senior Secondary School in Soweto next Monday.