Matric stars celebrate

2010-01-07 00:00

MORE than 57% of the 140 089 pupils in the KZN class of 2009 passed the National Senior Certificate examinations, according to results released yesterday.

Pietermaritzburg schools Maritzburg College, Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High, Raisethorpe Secon­dary, Heather Secondary, Carter High and Kharina Secondary performed well, with pupils scoring multiple distinctions.

Durban schools that performed well were Crawford College La Lucia, Westville Girls’ High, Westville Boys’ High, Orient Islamic High, Pine­town Boys’ High and Effingham Secondary.

The official pass rate and the province’s top 10 will be announced by Education MEC Senzo Mchunu, at a special awards ceremony at the International Convention Centre in Durban today. Premier Zweli Mkhize is also expected to congra­tulate the province’s top pupils.

More than 585 000 full time matriculants wrote the outcomesbased education exam at 7 215 exam centres across the country.

In KZN, of the 140 089 full time students who wrote at 1 670 centres, 80 748 pupils passed.

Marking at the province’s 31 centres took place from December 7 to 16 last year.

In 2008, KwaZulu-Natal matriculants achieved a 57, 8% pass rate. At the time, then Education MEC Ina Cronjé said the 57,8% pass rate was a baseline for future performances at grade 12, and any comparison with previous years would be based on a false premise.

Besides a problem with the computer exams, the examinations proceeded smoothly.

The South African Principals’ Association and quality body Amalusi reported the 2009 examinations proceeded well without major glitches.

An Education Department spokesperson said the department is ready to release the results today.

At Maritzburg College, 11 pupils scored more than seven distinctions in the examinations. Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High had four pupils who achieved eight distinctions each, while five pupils at Raisethorpe Secondary achieved seven distinctions each.

History was made at Kharina Secondary in Northdale where, for the first time, a matriculant gained seven distinctions.

Girls’ High principal Mary Ann Ackerman said she was excited that her pupils did well, as they worked consistently throughout the year.

Principal of Heather Secondary, Lovey Moodley, said he was very proud of the pupils at his school, especially those who scored multiple distinctions.

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