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Mpumalanga matrics: Make it attractive for them to stay

The FF Plus wants to congratulate every matriculant who, despite the difficult circumstances, passed the exams for the National Senior Certificate.

Those who passed with admission to diploma and degree studies deserve extra credit for their hard work and dedication.

The FF Plus's view is that students who qualify for graduate studies must be treated as valuable assets and deserve all the support they can get to make the most of their studies and future.

This year's pass rate of 73,3% in Mpumalanga, compared to last year's 81,3%, highlights the possible impact that the Covid-19 lockdown had on learners.

It is important to encourage learners who passed matric to study and stay on in South Africa – they are valuable assets because a large percentage of learners who start school in the country usually do not complete their scholastic career.

This group, however, has the potential to make a positive contribution to the local economy instead of using their talents abroad.

Unfortunately, unemployment among the youth plays a significant role in the exodus as nearly 50% of young individuals are unemployed. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that approximately 25 000 schooled jobseekers and entrepreneurs leave South Africa every year.

In Mpumalanga, unemployment has risen to 46%, including those who have given up hope of finding a job and are, thus, no longer looking.

The provincial government must create an environment and develop opportunities that will allow the youth to contribute to the province's economy and progress.

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