THE Congress of South African Students wants schools to be nationalised so that uniform results are achieved.
"We want all schools to be nationalised and treated equally. On January 26 we are going to have a national strike demanding that all schools be nationalised," Cosas general secretary Antonio Carelse said yesterday.
He said Cosas was "partially but not wholly satisfied since most of the provinces have declined in their results".
Carelse said the decline could be ascribed to "incompetent staff". He condemned the Mpumalanga debacle.
"The system needs to be shaped," he said. "The Department of Basic Education must come up with mechanisms to fix the system."
Mbulelo Mandlana of the SA Students Congress said they were disappointed by the drop in the pass rate.
"The situation in Mpumalanga could have been avoided had the department released results in 2009. Their being released now affects the plans of many pupils," he said.
Sasco was happy that at least 32percent of pupils passed well enough to be admitted to tertiary institutions, up from 17percent the previous year. He urged universities to make plans to extend their capacity to accommodate students who will register with them.
Regarding the Mpumalanga fiasco, he said: "The authorities have to get to the bottom of the matter and identify the culprits."