Independent schools improve their pass rate

2011-01-04 07:16

The independent schools – which were not disturbed by last year’s three-week teachers’ strike – scored a 98.38% pass rate in matric.

Only 133 matriculants failed out of 8 285 learners who sat for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams under the Independent Examination Board (IEB) at 172 schools across the country, including the Abitur-NSC candidates.

The Combined Abitur-NSC is a qualification offered by the German schools in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

It consists of five subjects assessed by the IEB and seven subjects assessed by the German education authorities.

Successful learners are allowed entry to German universities and local universities. Of the 76 candidates who sat for exams in this qualification, 74 passed with entry to tertiary study.

The pass rate was an improvement of 1% from the class of 2009.

All of these candidates achieved a pass that is good enough to enter tertiary study at one of the three levels:
» 81.53% of the cohort achieved entry to degree study, a 2% increase from last year.
» 14.45% qualified for entry to diploma study.
» 2.4% achieved entry for study at the higher certificate level.

“These performances reflect the dedication of the teachers to the very important work they do, of inspiring learners and ensuring they have the fundamental knowledge and have mastered the key concepts required in each discipline to ensure future success.

“They reflect too the amount of work that learners have done to ensure that they know and understand the important aspects of the subjects they have studied,” said Anne Oberholzer, IEB’s chief executive officer.

Since the inception of the NSC in 2008, participation in maths paper 3 at the IEB had increased by 68.5% from 1 414 candidates in 2008 to 2 383 candidates in 2010. This represented 41% of IEB mathematics learners and almost 30% of all IEB learners, said Oberholzer.

She said apart from the five-week vacation owing to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the learners and the IEB schools were not affected by the teachers’ strike.

Simon Lee of the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa described the results as “extraordinary”, saying he would not have necessarily expected an improvement in the results in December due to the extended June vacation and the teachers’ strike.

He attributed the result to “good committed teaching and strong management at school level”.

Lee said some independent schools in KwaZulu-Natal were marched on by unions and had close for a few days.

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