I would like to congratulate the achievements of the matric class of 2018 and thank the principals and teachers of Gauteng for their dedication and unflinching commitment to ensuring our learners have the best possible chance of a successful future. However, what lies beneath the cosmetic pass rate of 87.9% is the reality of students who did not reach Grade 10 in the expected time or have dropped out of the failing education system. Taking this into account, Gauteng’s real pass rate sits at 48.3%. This is in stark contrast to the inflated and skewed figure presented by education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Youth languishing at home or in lower grades than expected due to the failing education system in Gauteng, certainly do not share Lesufi’s joy. Furthermore, of the 172,507 learners who were enrolled in Grade 10 in Gauteng in 2018, only 55% sat for their matric exams: what happened to the remaining 77,637 learners who slipped through the education net? What do their futures look like? Lesu...

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