Calls for quality private education for all

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Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi demands an apology from the school's governing body, following the racism uproar at Pretoria High School for Girls.

JOHANNESBURG – The Forum for Service Delivery (F4SD) on Friday called for access to quality private education for all.

“The Independent Examination Board (IEB) results are a clear indication that if we can have an independent education system across the board then this country will flourish."

"Our education system is failing to produce quality students for the job market hence South Africa finds itself sitting with this high rate of youth unemployment, which includes university graduates,” the organisation said in a statement.

Although such a step would have financial implications, the Department of Basic Education should draw lessons from the good performance by matric candidates at private schools, the F4SD said.

The IEB results, verified by regulatory body Umalusi and released on Friday, showed a pass rate of 98,67 percent, a slight improvement on last year’s 98.37 percent. More than 87 percent of the learners qualified to study for a bachelor’s degree, while 9.83 percent qualified for a diploma course.

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On Thursday, Umalusi said it has approved the “credible” results of the Department of Basic Education’s 2016 matric examinations to be released on 4 January.

The F4SD urged the government to reopen teacher training colleges and produce highly skilled teachers who would help improve the ailing public education system.

 

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