Beyond all logic
PERHAPS the most depressing aspect of the outrageous disruption of matric exams at a handful of Cape Town schools over the past two days was the reason given by the Congress of South African Students.
Cosas is championing the cause of pupils from Lagunya Finishing School in Langa who are upset that the Education Department has decided to close the school at the end of the year. The crucial thing
to know about Lagunya is that it is the only school where failed matriculants can go to repeat their subjects, at R50 a subject.
Referring to the pupils whose exam scripts the members of his organisation tore up, Cosas provincial chairman Benjamin Zantsi said: “If these pupils fail they will have to go to the finishing school where they will see that the school is effective and relevant.”
Logic is clearly not Cosas’s strong point. It’s hard to think of a less persuasive argument for the cause of saving the school.
It’s also hard to think of a less supportive students’ organisation than one that encourages its members to deliberately scupper the chances of other pupils during one of the most important and intimidating exams they will write.
The Western Cape Education department has ob
tained a High Court interdict barring Cosas from disrupting the remaining exams, although seeing police appear to have failed to stop the disruptions so far, we wonder how effective it will be. Cosas has already said it will not be deterred.
But the mean-spirited bloody-mindedness of the Cosas members is symptomatic of an attitude that
does not augur well for the future of South Africa.
To turn the old “pass one, pass all” slogan on its head, an attitude of “fail one, fail all” simply means that we all go down together.
And that is to no one’s benefit.