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A total 345,389 matrics failed their science- and maths exams in 2010
ANC-student organisation SASCO plans ‘ferocious warfare’ on SA campuses with hundreds of thousands of disgruntled matrics who can’t get into university courses…
The ANC-controlled Sasco student organisation plans to disrupt campus-activities countrywide with their ‘right to learn’ campaign” – officially kicked off with a mass rally at Stellenbosch university on Friday, 21 January.
They are using the many hundreds-of-thousands of disgruntled matriculants who were not qualified for science-and maths-oriented university courses - demanding that all these ‘working-class students’ be given immediate access to all the universities for whatever courses they choose to attend.
A total 345,389 matric-pupils had failed their 2010 exams for physical science and/or mathematics – thus disqualifying them for many university courses even though they passed their ‘softer “ subjects such as ‘life orientation’ or ‘political science’… and this is the most disgruntled group, demanding access to all the university courses.
There’s also a much larger - even more disgruntled -- group: out of the original 1,318,932 pupils who had enrolled in 1999 to write their matric exams, 954,419 failed altogether -- through a combination of dropping out and those who failed their matric-exams in 2010.
Vavi: ‘Black African students are suppressed .. they give you Ds…’
The anti-white tone for the renewed campus warfare was firmly set on Friday with the co-ruling Congress of SA Trade Unions’ general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi telling the angry black matriculants at the Stellenbosch University rally ’that their failure to get into university was due only to the ‘continued suppression of black students in general and African students in particular…’
He explained it very carefully, emphasing that it was only due to their race that the examinators had failed to give them passing rates in physical science and maths- exams:
"They give you D's so that you do not proceed further with your studies and others unjustifiably collect A's, but always know what this is meant to do... destroy your confidence in your own intellect… but what you must never allow, comrades, as you fight against these practices, is to let them instil in you a sense of self-doubt, a lack of confidence in your intellect."
- .Tens of thousands of matriculants have been scrambling to register without having proper matriculation qualifications especially in the science-and mathematics-related subjects this year - and these are the angry, disgruntled matriculants being organised for mass-protests and disruptions on campus by SASCO this year.
Matric 2010 passrates only 27,6% – and where are those 500,000+ missing pupils?
Out of the 263,034 pupils who wrote matric-level mathematics, only 124,749 had passed. Of the 205,364 candidates who sat their physical science-exams, only 98,260 passed them.
And it’s also very important to note that when the class of 2010 started their school careers in 1999, a total of 1,318,932 pupils were enrolled, but more than 500,000 also dropped out over the years before even sitting for their matric-exams. Yet most high school pupils in South Africa these days are enrolled only in ‘easy-learn’ subjects such as ‘life-orientation’ courses …which require no scientific or mathematical knowledge.
- In 1994, the country had about 4,000 maths- and science teachers, and most of them were ‘whites’ – and thus not legally employable under the ANC-regime’s laws barring the vast majority of ‘whites’ from their entire labour market. To fill the gap, the government has over the years, even tried to hire teachers from Zimbabwe and even as far afield as India…thus even creating ‘xenophobic problems’ in local communities who were angered about ‘foreigners’ getting the top jobs. http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=105&art_id=vn20070112001250699C802095
By 2010 the lack of science- and maths-teachers are showing the results: out of the 263,034 pupils who wrote mathematics, only 124,749 had passed. Of the 205,364 candidates who sat their physical science-exams in 2010, only 98,260 passed.
Out of the original 1,318,932 pupils who enrolled in 1999 to write their matric exams in 2010, a total 954,419 have failed – a combination of drop-outs and those who failed their exams.
The overall matriculation pass-rates for 2010 were only 27,6% – and not the 67.8% pass-rates announced so triumphantly by the ANC-regime earlier.
- Afriforum analysts had crunched the numbers… http://www.facebook.com/pages/116752351671946#!/notes/afriforum-jeug/afriforum-jeug-onthul-die-ware-2010-matriekslaagsyfer/183861078304768
Can’t blame this on apartheid, but they can always pull out the old ‘race card’…
This failure to educate the SA kids properly can’t be blamed on apartheid any more: the Class of 2010 started their school careers in 1999 – a full nine years after FW de Klerk had formally abolished apartheid.
When these kids entered school in 1999, the African National Congress party had been in power for five years – and they had by then announced triumphantly that ‘education in SA was a level playing field with integrated schools.’
They had by then also fired tens of thousands of white teachers to ‘create jobs for black teachers,” and adopted Outcomes Based Education. Moreover the ANC was in control of all the budgets, at national, provincial and municipal level…
- Yet in 2010, the latest matric-results disasters are still being blamed on “the suppression of black African students…
“Ferocious protests” at universities from Jan 21 2011 with Right to Learn’ rallies -
SASCO ‘s student organiser , (referred to on his face book page as a ‘commissar’), Lazola Ndamase writes to his his 3,160 activist- friends: “The SASCO 'Right To Learn' campaigners are installed at the campuses to ‘ensure students are not denied access…’ His organisation last week had already fired off the first salvo of this campus warfare with a media release announcing that SASCO will be waging ‘ferocious protests’.
Top SASCO organiser Ndamase, a Xhosa from the vilage of Mthombe near Libode in the East Cape, serves on their three-member executive. He has a rather startling personal motto, namely:
- “(Karl) Marx discovered the law that mankind ‘must first of all eat, drink, have shelter and clothing, before it can pursue politics, science, art, religion… but Marx forgot to say man must have sex and reproduce.”
SASCO’s news releases refer ‘throngs of students left on street corners unable to find space in institutions of higher learning’ ; and link these problems to to the fact that the current government has not built one university since 1994:
- ”It (the ANC-regime) does not even have one university to its name. Yet during the apartheid regime it took only a couple of years and it had built Afrikaner universities.
“Rather than see (new universities), we have instead seen the construction of the Gautrain, procurement of arms in peacetime etc. We call on our structures in all four campuses of the University of Johannesburg and at the Wits University to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that they turn the screws … even if this includes strikes and ferocious protests," said SASCO’s press release.
Right To Learn student protest organisers:
- Afriforum: http://www.facebook.com/pages/116752351671946#!/notes/afriforum-jeug/afriforum-jeug-onthul-die-ware-2010-matriekslaagsyfer/183861078304768
- Lazola Ndamase, SASCO student organiser: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Censorbugbear-Reports/116752351671946#%21/profile.php?id=1175983929
- Science, maths teachers from abroad: http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=105&art_id=vn20070112001250699C802095
- SASCO statement: http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/article849253.ece/Sasco-slams-UJ-and-Wits-threatens-ferocious-protests
1994 – Mathematics teachers in transition-SA:: study report Jill Adler, University of the Witwatersrand; http://www.merga.net.au/documents/MERJ_6_2_Adler%20OCR.pdf