- South African politician Mmusi Maimane has called for new leadership in the education sector
- Maimane noted a few aspects in the sector that need change such as infrastructure
- He took time to list academic issues faced by students following the release of matric results
South African politician Mmusi Maimane released a video on social media calling for new leadership in the education sector. The video shared is just over a minute long and Maimane addresses a few concerns he has.
Before speaking on education, the politician congratulated the Class of 2020 for their hard work and wished them well. Maimane then went on to say that the country needs to do everything possible so the graduates don't become unemployed.
"I want to say, let's do everything possible to make sure these young people don't just simply join the ranks of the unemployed but can find meaningful employment, get into universities and ultimately be able to find programmes that assist them in learning further."
"I think we must never lose track of the fact that whilst we might have a perceived high pass rate we have some serious challenges in education."
Maimane noted that core subjects such as Mathematics and Science and Economics are seeing a decline in participation. He then spoke on infrastructure in schools:
"When it comes to many schools, infrastructure is still lagging behind. It is clear about the fact that we need new leadership in education."
Take a look at the video below:
View some of the responses Maimane's video received below:
"Its about how Far we are meant to go! No one gets to sm1ns Mind telling them how much they need to Open their Brains, be Clever and Achieve! We don't Live for Ourselves and No 1 in us is to BLAME!"
"We are looking for someone like you to vote for."
Maimane's video comes after his former party, Democratic Alliance (DA), claimed that the matric pass rate was 30% lower than what was announced. Briefly.co.za reported that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced a 5.1% decrease in the 2020 Matric results on Monday. The class of 2020 had a pass rate of 76.2% as compared to the class of 2019's 81.3% pass rate.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has now made claims that the pass rate is much lower than the announced 76.2%. According to the party, the 'real' pass rate is 44.1%. The DA listed a few subjects that they believe declined by 10% as well.
The DA noted that the pass rate was 'disappointing' and described it as indicative of the nature of the 2020 academic year.
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