Salute to Class of 2016

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

THE wait is over. By the time you hold this news­pa­per, you will know the re­sults of those matrics who are dear to you. Re­sults for around 815 000 can­di­dates who sat the Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate ex­ams late last year in Gauteng, and other provinces ex­cept the Western Cape, were re­leased this morn­ing.

As is only fit­ting, a fuss has been made of the coun­try’s ex­cep­tional achiev­ers at a break­fast hosted by Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga. The cham­pagne corks will be pop­ping in schools across the re­gion.

In the days to come, there will be many tales to be told, sto­ries of al­most su­per­hu­man achieve­ment, of 12 years of school com­pleted un­der in­cred­i­ble, ap­par­ently im­pos­si­ble, con­di­tions.

There will be many pri­vate cel­e­bra­tions too, for to­day marks the end of a chap­ter – the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the pri­mary and sec­ondary phases of a per­son’s ed­u­ca­tion.

There are many hur­dles that still lie in wait, par­tic­u­larly ac­cess to higher ed­u­ca­tion, both in terms of achiev­ing the req­ui­site marks and the nec­es­sary fund­ing to ac­tu­ally get to cam­pus, then buy the books and find some­where to stay.

But for now though, it is time to cel­e­brate, be­cause the Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate, as ma­tric is prop­erly known, is a gate­way qual­i­fi­ca­tion – it is a mile­stone. There are many who will down­play its im­por­tance, but the re­al­ity is that with­out it the chances of study­ing fur­ther or even find­ing any­thing but the most me­nial of jobs is nil.

There are also many who will be ru­ing missed op­por­tu­ni­ties, who will not have done as well as they hoped. There will be those too who will not have passed at all, whose re­sults will not be in to­day’s edition.

There is help, both prac­ti­cal and emo­tional, for ei­ther sce­nario and we urge can­di­dates who have failed, to make full use of the fa­cil­i­ties avail­able – and not to do any­thing rash in the white heat of dis­ap­point­ment.

To the class of 2016, we salute you. This is your time, en­joy it while it lasts!

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