Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, says matric students who fail should not be tempted to commit suicide because they should have seen it coming.
Motshekga was s peaking at a breakfast held in honor of the best performing National Senior Certificate matric students of 2017 in Sandton, Johannesburg.
She says all students should know from their performance during the year what kind of results they will get.
She says those who say they will commit suicide if they fail should have done so when they failed early exams.
Motshekga told the top performers at the breakfast that they had done exceedingly well and should expect good results on Friday, unlike the “Cosas [Congress of South African Students] crowd”.
She says one cannot be performing dismally during the year and expect to pass in the final exam.
Motshekga was responding to calls by Cosas to stop publishing matric results in newspapers as this may lead some who failed to committing suicide.
“They should have committed suicide in September after seeing interim exam results. This thing just doesn’t happen, you see it coming,” says Motshekga.
Some on social media did not take too kindly to Motshekga’s comments. They accuse the Minister of being insensitive.
Sounds similar to comments made by that notorious MEC from Limpopo after Michael Komape died in a toilet. Where does this callousness come from?
— Motloduwa Mawela (@Motloduwa) January 4, 2018
s insensitive, she has never felt pressure one day she will say, that t herself
— Honey Bee25 (@Honeybee25Bee) January 4, 2018
To this day I still hate the idea of publishing results in papers. Almost cost me my life when they omitted my name
— ThaboRamokgopa (@T_Boi_SA) January 4, 2018