Every year, we have a two-day break from serious news headlines reporting on subject matter that brings more hopelessness, frustration and sadness to a once hopeful SA. The days in question are the announcement of the matric results, as every news broadcast celebrates the achievements of certain schools and individuals — lifting the spirit of the country by placing our hopes on these young rising stars.

It’s exciting, indeed. The matric 2023 class was celebrated earlier in 2024, with government schools achieving an 82.9% pass rate for their national senior certificate exams, the highest recorded since 1994 and  Independent Examination Board (IEB) schools achieving a 98.46% pass rate in their final exams...

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