Address matric fiasco now

OUR matric results are a national tragedy. Of those pupils who end their lives, how many cases are reported in the media? Something needs to be done about this tragedy.

OUR matric results are a national tragedy. Of those pupils who end their lives, how many cases are reported in the media? Something needs to be done about this tragedy.

They can be equated to the tragic Xhosa national suicide resulting from the Nogqauze "prophesy".

I warned at this same time in 2009 that fundamentals need to be addressed before it is too late. I repeat my warning now.

The victims are the youth who know nothing about educational research and its implications. We know and therefore should be concerned that despite our knowledge, very little is done to address the problem.

OBE has failed in national research processes in 2008-2009 and in 2009-2010. The data collected in both instances was assessed by research assistants in the form of sub-examiners in all nine provinces. What more do we need after the data has been evaluated and shows that there is a decline of matric results nationally?

We must accept, and perhaps consider how we did it in the past? What's tragic is that we are doing what apartheid failed to do and are effectively denying our youth the scientific knowledge they need to take this democracy forward. We are denying them sound education. If education is the foundation for the production of future leaders, we need to do something drastic - and now.

This is not one person's problem and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is not the only one who should address it. We as a nation - pupils, parents, churches and community leaders - should all get involved.

Let us do something. Our children need us and so does our nation and country. A future without education and science will be like trying to survive in a desert.

Benjamin Seitisho, Phuthaditjhaba

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