KZN schools dominate

2013-12-31 00:00

SCHOOLS in KwaZulu-Natal academically dominated the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) 2013 national senior certificate.

Anne Oberholzer, CEO of the IEB, commended the KZN schools for having done “exceptionally well”, attributing their success to the province’s long history of independent schooling.

The IEB announced a pass rate of 98,58%, up nominally from the previous year, with over 10 000 matriculants having sat the exams throughout the country and southern Africa. Of that total 1 932 sat for their exams in KZN private schools.

“Both Durban Girls’ College and St Mary’s DSG, Kloof, had a number of girls who did extremely well,” said Oberholzer.

“There is a long history of independent schooling in the province and it has become expected for strong results to come out of schools such as Kearsney College, Hilton College and Michaelhouse.

“However we have seen great growth in newer independent schools such as Pietermaritzburg Christian School and St Nicolas Diocesan School, which is also in the provincial capital. They cater for new markets and have maintained good, solid results,” said Oberholzer

She said the board consistently monitors all participating schools to make sure they maintain and reach the standards set.

“Some years are better than others, but if we notice a school slipping we talk to the school’s governing body and aim to reverse any downward trend.”

Umalusi, the national council for quality assurance in general and further education and training, approved the results of all IEB candidates.

“It is no secret that talent or intelligence alone does not produce academic success and excellent results in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination. Such achievement is the result of many years of hard work from these candidates. It is true too that good teaching and access to learning resources do assist, but without the commitment of a learner to play his or her part, it is impossible to have this success,” said Oberholzer.

Kearsney College headmaster headmaster Elwyn van den Aardweg said he was delighted that “the excellence that we collectively strive for extends to all the subjects that we offer, with wonderful achievements being recorded across the board”.

He said academics are Kearsney’s number one priority and Kearsney boys are immersed in an academically rigorous environment from day one.

The school prides itself on having highly qualified, professional and dedicated teachers.

The 129 Kearsney boys who wrote matric this year achieved 299 distinctions between them — an average of 2,32 each and the school obtained a 100% pass rate with 122 boys achieving a university exemption pass.

St Anne’s Diocesan College head David Arguile congratulated the achievement of the girls and their teachers.

Seven girls passed all their subjects with distinctions. “Out of a class of 78, no fewer than 20 girls obtained six or more distinctions. 47% of all subjects taken yielded Level Sevens, an average of 3,4 per pupil. The whole class qualified for a Bachelor Degree certificate,” he added.

Durban Girls’ College head Thomas Hagspihl, who spoke like a proud parent yesterday after the results were released, said he was pleased with what this matric year of 82 girls had achieved.

He also commended his staff for their work.

“We’re so proud ... Even the middle bunch have done incredibly well,” he said, adding that two thirds of the symbols are As and Bs.

Hagspihl also congratulated those who had achieved lower marks.

“They scored their personal best and often they work extremely hard but never get a mention,” he added.

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