Schools achieve mixed results

2016-01-12 06:00

With a matric pass rate of 95% – a bump up from the 91.8% pass rate of 2014 – Groenvlei Secondary in Manenberg obtained an impressive result in the 2015 matric exams.

150 of the 160 matriculants at Oaklands High on Chukker Road passed their exams.

A congratulatory message was posted on the school’s Facebook page for all those successful pupils: “Congratulations to our matrics of 2015 for their excellent results. 94% pass rate (sic), 72 Bachelors passes and over 40 subject distinctions. We are very proud of you and the staff.”

Other schools in the Lansdowne area also improved on their previous results. Manenberg’s Phoenix High boasted a 85.4% pass rate – an impressive improvement on the previous year’s 61.1%.

Manenberg High School achieved a 66% pass rate, better than the 47.6% in 2014.

Silverstream High also experienced a positive result with a 43.8% pass rate compared to the previous year’s 30%.

Oaklands High improved on its results – from 91.8% in 2014 to 93.8%. Mountview High saw a decrease in its pass rate – from 79.1% in 2014 to 76.5%.

However, provincial education minister Debbie Schäfer says it is important to ensure the quality of passes.

“Given the many challenges our education system faces, improving the quality of education is only possible through sustained interventions in our schools and the hard work of the matrics, their teachers and district officials.

“We are pleased that this effort is reaping results,” she says.

There is also growth in the number of candidates writing and passing Mathematics and Physical Science in the province.

Last year a record number of almost 13 000 matriculants passed Mathematics. The pass rate was 74.9%.

In Physical Science, the numbers passing increased from 11 000 in 2014 to 12 000. Physical Science candidates achieved a 73.3% pass rate.

Emphasis is also placed on ensuring pupils stay in school for as long as possible.

“We are very encouraged by the improvement in our rate of retention over the past five years. Last year the Western Cape yet again managed to increase our retention rate from 63.8% in 2014 to 66.8%.”

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