Matrics’ giant leap

2011-01-07 00:00

MATRIC results took a giant leap forward in KwaZulu-Natal, following the national trend announced at the Union Buildings in Pretoria yesterday.

Another big surprise for the province was that African pupils came strongly to the fore, clinching most of the coveted top awards in the province.

The results show a jump of almost 10% in the province’s pass rate — from 61,1% in 2009 to 70,7% in 2010.

But even so, 35 888 pupils failed and subjects like mathematics yielded a pass rate of less than 50%.

The province’s matriculants achieved this success in the face of disruptions caused by the 2010 Football World Cup and the three-week strike by teachers that followed straight afterwards.

Educational experts had predicted no there would be no dramatic change compared with the 2009 results, and it was thought these factors would cause a decline in the pass rate.

In KZN 130 302 full-time candidates registered for the National Senior Certificate exams and 122 444 actually wrote them.

This figure represented 23,7% of the national total.

Amajuba was the top district, which achieved a 78,78% pass rate compared with 64,53% in 2009.

Umlazi district, the best in 2009 with 72,12%, came a close second at 78,85%, while uMgungundlovu made the number three among the 12 districts with 75,86%.

For the first time in the province, all the districts recorded a pass percentage higher than 60%.

Even the worst performer last year, Obonjeni, surprised with it 63,53% pass rate, up from 48,82% in 2009. Sisonke was the worst performer of 2010 with 62,02%.

Boys in the province did better than girls, securing a 71,12% pass rate over 70,32% for girls.

While one in five candidates in 2009 scored well enough to enter university for a bachelor’s degree, this improved to one in four — 25,7% or 31 466 — in 2010. A total of 34 708 can study for for a diploma and and 20 137 for a higher certificate.

African pupils also stood out, with the top three special awards going to pupils from what are essentially rural schools.

Umlazi Comtech’s Sandile Nkwanyana took the number one spot in the province for physical science.

Mthokozisi Biyela of Nsikayendlu High School took the award for accounting.

Nonjabulo Ngcongo of Richmond got the best marks for a girl for mathematics and science.

Education MEC Senzo Mchunu attributed the huge improvement in the pass rate to the government’s decision to make education its number one priority.

He said this was best expressed by President Jacob Zuma’s meeting with the country’s principals in August last year where he called for teachers to be in school, in class teaching and on time.

Mchunu believes this message was further reinforced by Premier

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Jacqueline Webb, KZN’s top matric

MY TEACHER did a lot of work to help me achieve what I have achieved.

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