● The 2009 matric results are a clear consequence of poor appointments in government and ongoing national distractions caused by the cabinet and clowns such as Malema and Shaik .
● There is only one crime worse than apartheid, namely that of a majority government taking tens of billions of taxpayer rands a year and wasting them on mediocre education. This pathetic state of affairs will ensure that the masses, who actually voted ANC, are doomed to unemployment or low incomes for life. Is this part of a scheme to leave the masses poor and uneducated so that revolutionary rhetoric falls on fertile ground?
● Pupils spend too much time on MXit instead of reading good books and magazines.
● Jonathan Clark – your inference that the east metropole results replicate the Eastern Cape matric results accurately is no surprise, given many of those pupils left the Eastern Cape, a province bankrupted by the ANC geniuses their illiterate parents were persuaded to vote for. The fact they all left the Eastern Cape confirms the chickens are roosting merrily.
● I agree with Mr Isaacs, it will be a very good idea to change back to the old teaching method again, then the parents will be able to help their kids. With this new method the parents don’t even understand what our kids are being taught. Hope our input will help.
● Mr Isaacs, I hope more teachers and parents will assist you with your suggestion, then it will be easier for the kids to understand and for the parents to assist.
● Brian Isaacs’s fight for low pupil-to-teacher ratios would, if adopted, be the next step for better matric results.
● OBE never worked and will never work. The old teaching methods produced doctors, teachers and all skilled workers. The matric results once more proved that OBE must be scrapped immediately.
● The only hope of achieving better exam results is to make the papers like a crossword puzzle with the answers on the back page.
● Oops! To have one “acturial” in an article on education is bad enough, but
two? Back to school with you.
● It wouldn’t surprise me if the Education Department published this year’s matric results before the exams are written.
● Newly appointed township principal. First day on the job. No electricity. Burglar alarm did not go off. Alarm still under guarantee. Wires stolen. How do I face learners, staff and parents on Monday? Help.
● What happens to the matrics who have passed but get told by school to come back next week? My godchild gets excellent marks and got a certificate saying “results incomplete” because the school had him down for design instead of visual art. The school even got his name wrong on the testimonial. Big disappointment when your friends are out celebrating. And when your name doesn’t appear in the paper people think you have failed when you have actually passed. Seeing your name in the paper after a 12-year journey is supposed to be a joyous occasion, well for our family it’s not
● I read about the matric results and the poor management at so many schools and then drove past Kenridge Primary School and realised how fortunate we are to have our children at this great school. All fields are neatly cut, no litter to be seen anywhere and already many teachers’ cars at school preparing for the new term. I even recognised the principal’s bakkie parked in front of the school.
● When will the Education Department learn that without a good principal a school will never perform? Double their salaries if they perform and demote or fire them if they don’t. Forget about starting at the bottom. The buck stops at the top.