Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter urges matrics to take re­spon­si­bil­ity


THE MIN­IS­TER of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion, Angie Mot­shekga, en­cour­aged matrics in Kim­ber­ley to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their fu­ture.

She was ad­dress­ing Grade 12 pupils from across the North­ern Cape dur­ing the Sec­ond Chance Ma­tric Sup­port Road­show held at Jim Sum­mers Hall on Satur­day.

Al­though Mot­shekga en­cour­aged those who at­tended to en­sure that they pass their ma­tric the first time around, the road­shows are aimed at cre­at­ing aware­ness around the op­tions avail­able for young­sters who are al­ready out of school, but have not been able to meet the re­quire­ments of the Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate in or­der to ob­tain their ma­tric.

“Pupils must use the re­sources and pro­grammes we have de­vel­oped for the Sec­ond Chance pro­gramme for their own ex­am­i­na­tions and work very hard. Those who did write and did not get their cer­tifi­cates must take this chance and re­write. Our schools are over­crowded and we can­not ac­com­mo­date pupils who have failed their ma­tric,” Mot­shekga said.

“Pupils must do ma­tric once and make sure they pass. Grade 12 is also a pe­riod where pupils need to learn how to study in­de­pen­dently as many of them are head­ing to ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions af­ter they have com­pleted their ma­tric. At ter­tiary we do not have the dy­nam­ics they had at school where teach­ers would pay in­di­vid­ual at­ten­tion to pupils.

“Lec­tur­ers at in­sti­tu­tions have hundreds of stu­dents they have to give class to and it is up to the stu­dents to en­sure that they are not left be­hind. Cur­rently pupils have ac­cess to tech­nol­ogy and they can study in­de­pen­dently with­out hav­ing to rely on their teach­ers. Tech­nol­ogy can as­sist them in pass­ing all their sub­jects with­out hav­ing to re­peat or re­write.”

Mot­shekga also con­demned re­cent re­ports that 30 Ku­ru­man pupils fell preg­nant. She said that al­though three teach­ers were im­pli­cated in the mat­ter, the prob­lem could not solely be blamed on the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

“We can­not only blame the de­part­ment for pupils get­ting preg­nant. We, in­clud­ing the par­ents, need to ed­u­cate our chil­dren. This is a so­ci­etal is­sue and it is not just the de­part­ment that needs to ad­dress this prob­lem. We should take joint re­spon­si­bil­ity as a de­part­ment, the com­mu­nity, par­ents and the pupils them­selves.”

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