KZN results improve

2011-01-06 08:20

KwaZulu-Natal’s 70.69% matric pass rate has been attributed to a 10-point intervention programme and the hard work of teachers and learners.

Of a total of 122 444 learners who sat for the examinations in the province, 86 556 passed, with 31 466 achieving university entrance and an additional 34 708 qualifying for diploma admission at technikon level.

A total of 20 137 passed with higher certificate and 245 with the national senior certificate.

Provincial department of education superintendent general Simon Mbokazi told City Press the improvement in results had been achieved through the implementation of a 10-point intervention programme aimed at supporting teachers and learners which focused on all aspects of education ranging from speedy delivery of materials to visits to marginal schools by top officials to ensure proper teaching and learning took place.

He said the results showed a steady improvement since 2008, when the pass rate was 57.8% through 2009, when the rate went up to 61.1%.

The results also showed an increase in the number of students qualifying for university and technikon entrance over the three year period.

Mbokazi said the improved results were even more significant in light of the disruptions caused by the 2010 World Cup and last year’s protracted public service strike, which crippled schools in the province.

He said hard work by teachers and learners who put in extra hours on weekends allowed them to catch up on lost schooling hours.

The province’s worst district, Obanjeni, where less than 40% of matriculants passed in 2008, saw serious progress this year, achieving a pass rate of 60%.

Mbokazi said constant monitoring of schools in the area and interventions by the department had paid off and resulted in a “massive” improvement.

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