- The Congress of South African Students wants the IEB National Senior Certificate scrapped
- COSAS feels that it encourages division and strengthened inequality amongst students
- The group now wants Minister Angie Motshekga to host discussions in a bid to improve results
The Congress of South African Students evidently feels having separate certificates for public and private schools breeds inequality.
The group called for the cancellation of the Independent Examination Board National Senior Certificate in a statement released in the wake of the results being announced.
After private schools announced a much higher pass rate (98.82%) than their public counterparts (81.3%), COSAS commented:
"IEB must be scrapped as an urgent matter because it has an element of making other learners feel less important than others who have the privilege of getting different results even before them."
IOL reports that IEB matrics also fare better than those who attended public school when it comes to university attendance.
A study carried out by the University of Cape Town revealed that private school students tended to stick to their courses:
"The drop-out rate of IEB matrics was only two percent compared to an estimated 35 percent to 50 percent at South African universities on the whole."
COSAS has also called on Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to facilitate a dialogue in government on improving matric results.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters gave a nod to those who had attempted their matric exams and failed, saying that difficult economic times and personal challenges made even trying to complete school a feat of its own.
The Red Berets seem to hold a dim view of the state's education system, making it seem as if those who managed to pass had done so in spite of the government, not because of it.
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