THE ANCWL STATEMENT ON 2016 NATIONAL SENIOR CERTIFICATE RESULTS
The African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) welcomes the 2016 National Senior Certificate (NSC) results. The 2016 NSC overall pass rate, with the progressed learners excluded, stands at 76.2% and with the progressed learners included, pass rate stands at 72.5%. The ANCWL congratulates the ANC led Government and all the stakeholders on this achievements.
The ANC led Government has categorised school into quintiles. This is in line with the Freedom Charter to open the doors of learning. Quintile 1 to 3 schools as "no fee" schools, where learners are not expected to pay fees but receive free education. Reports indicate that in South Africa over 9.5 million learners are beneficiaries of " no fee" schools policy and around the same number of learners get free daily meal in this schools. In redressing the imbalance of the past in terms of infrastructure for the past 3 years Government has built and handed over 362 state of the art schools and 242 are still under construction. The ANCWL applauds the ANC led Government on its pro-poor policies aimed at ensuring equality in basic education.
The 2016 NSC results indicate that 1526 quintile 1 to 3 schools registered between the 60 and 79.9% pass rate and 1 452 quintile 1 to 3 registered between the 80 and 100% pass rate. 1 944 learners with special needs wrote 2016 NSC examinations - an increase of 15% from those who wrote in 2015. 1 944 learners with special needs wrote 2016 NSC examinations - an increase of 15% from those who wrote in 2015. Most of the learners in no fee schools and learners with special needs, may have realised the dream of passing matric prior to 1994 because of segregative education policies of the previous regime.
The ANCWL has noted with dismay various portals benefitting from charging learners specific amount for them to get their NSC results. Government as a custodian of education in the country should condemn any institution profiting from the NSC results and a practice of this nature must be criminalised. Learners must be encouraged to get their NSC results free of charge at their respective schools.
The ANC led government has declared education as an Apex priority and the State President Jacob Zuma has reiterated that education as a societal matter.The ANCWL appeals to all South Africans to offer moral support to all learners who did not do well in 2016. All learners who didn't do well must be encouraged to enrol into government established programmes to improve their results.
The ANCWL encourages all its members and supporters to work through programmes like "Dumela Moagisani" and Young Women's Desk, in the communities to ensure that all school going age children be in schools minimum 7 hours a day, 5 days a week without bunking. Education remains the one of the main tools to address inequality, unemployment and poverty.