KZN’s private schools deliver top results

2012-12-29 00:00

SIXTEEN of KZN’s 31 private schools excelled in this year’s Independent Examination Board (IEB) matric exams and found themselves among the top achievers.

Kearsney College saw seven pupils placed on the list of commendable and outstanding achievers. St Mary’s DSG in Kloof also boasted seven top performing pupils, followed by Durban Girls’ College with five on the list. Clifton College had four, followed by Hilton College with three, while The Wykeham Collegiate and Treverton College each featured two pupils.

Once again, smaller schools in the Midlands fared well, with Anna Carolina Basson flying the flag for the Domino Servite School at the KwaSizabantu Mission in Kranskop and Michael von Seydlitz from the Deutsche School in Hermannsburg passing with 10 distinctions. Jessica Fryer was Epworth’s commendable achiever and Thomas Mark Burne did well for Michaelhouse.

Kearsney College, an all-boys school, was in celebratory mood yesterday as it was the first time they had so many pupils in the list of top achievers.

Head of academics Adam Rogers said it was usually the girls’ schools that boasted such impressive numbers.

“This time it was the boys that had done well and we are extremely proud,” Rogers added. The school had a 99% exemption rate, which means that all but one pupil achieved matric exemptions.

For St Mary’s DSG in Kloof, having seven pupils on the top achievers list was no surprise. The head of the high school, Jonathan Manley, said the school was accustomed to top results. Gauteng has 90 private schools, the most in the country, followed by KZN with 31 and the Western Cape with 13.

According to the IEB, 8 959 full-time and 534 part-time candidates from 183 schools across the country wrote the exams. This year saw 1 212 more pupils write the exams than in 2011.

IEB chief executive officer Anne Oberholzer said the increase came from nine new institutions that have joined the IEB, as well as increases in pupil numbers at existing schools.

The 2012 pass rate was 98,20%, compared to last year’s 98,15%. Matric exemption passes were acquired by 83,6% of the class of 2012, allowing them to go to university; 12,96% qualified for entry to diploma study and 1,64% will be able to study at the higher certificate level.

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