Salute to Class of 2016
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!