- The Economic Freedom Fighters congratulated all of South Africa's matrics, even those who failed
- The Red Berets say that 'against the odds of poverty', simply writing the exams was an achievement
- With the country celebrating the success of those who excelled, the EFF has chosen to share an inclusive message
There's a reason why some marathons have medals just for participation: sometimes it's tough just going through the motions.
The Economic Freedom Fighters congratulated those who took part in the matric exams in a statement, opting to include everyone:
“We wish to congratulate in particular learners who passed against the odds of poverty, suffering and at times going to class with an empty stomach. We also congratulate those who did not pass, because in essence they made it this far, sat for an exam and faced the odds. We wish them strength, resilience and endurance that they may continue to pursue education and knowledge despite this single setback."
This rare mention of those who failed to make the cut at the end of their schooling year also included an apparent jab at the government.
The EFF noted that the matrics managed to overcome the economic and social hardships currently at play in South Africa:
“We also wish to congratulate hundreds of learners who went to under-resourced, neglected and dilapidated schools, the orphans and children of domestic workers, petrol attendants, security guards, taxi, truck and bus drivers, farm and mine workers, unemployed parents and the entire working class, for whom education is the only hope to end the cycle of poverty."
The EFF continued with this line of thought, saying that those who fail or drop out altogether are let down by the education system:
“[The] majority of the learners who faced difficulties through their schooling years are learners who have been failed by the system. This is unlike learners who receive quality education at the foundation phase and therefore are able to think critically, analyse and process information and are also able to read, write and do basic arithmetic.”
Briefly.co.za reported that the Democratic Alliance had also chosen to highlight the high number of students opting to leave school in.
The opposition party pointed out that out of more than a million pupils who started school in 2008, 302 537 didn't make it through to matric.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!