As the matric class of 2017 in public schools anxiously wait for the release of their results,  the  African People’s Convention has sent messages of encouragement to them.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to release the results on Thursday evening. Learners will receive their individual results on Friday morning.

South Africa is said to have a high drop-out rate before learners reach their matric.

APC leader Themba Godi says the whole class has to be congratulated for surviving 12 years of schooling.

“We firstly want to congratulate the students who were able to sustain their schooling from Grade 1 right up to matric reaching matric is in itself an achievement and we are hoping that they will all do well and they will either find entry at universities or TVET college to improve their qualifications or skills. We need educated young people in this country for the economic development of our country.”

Meanwhile, IFP Chief Whip Narend Singh has congratulated the matriculants adding that it’s not the end of the road for those who didn’t make it.

“We hope that all your hard work has paid off, however, those who may not get the kind of results that they expected remember that failure is a stepping stone to success and you must try again if you did not get the requisite pass to get to tertiary institutions, but be encouraged by the fact that you’ve been able to get 12 years of schooling and write a very difficult exam which is something difficult for all of us. So good luck to those who have passed, to those who did not get the kind of results that you excepted try again because you can be the brightest one in the future.”