Concern over quality of students from KZN

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

Teacher unions in KwaZulu-Natal have expressed concern about the quality of students that will begin their tertiary training in the fields of engineering and science next year.

This year the province recorded a decline in the matric pass rate - which dropped from 77,2 percent last year to 63,8 percent this year.

The National Professional Teachers of South Africa (Naptosa) has called on the education department to account to the citizens for the poor performance of the children.

Naptosa provincial spokesman Anthony Pierce said despite the catch-up programmes and other similar initiatives the province lagged behind the others, with physical science and mathematics in a downward spiral.

"This means that we are not going to provide tertiary institutions with quality students in the fields of engineering and science,'' he said.

He said there was something amiss with the current system, noting that this year's pass rate was the lowest in five years.

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) was also concerned.

Sadtu spokesman Sipho Nkosi said only those schools with adequate resources and enough qualified teachers made the top 10 list of best performing schools in the province.

"Once again black schools in poor communities do not excel in science and mathematics because of the shortage of qualified teachers,'' Nkosi said.

"In order for them to achieve good results qualified teachers and proper study resources are needed," Nkosi said.