‘Phenomenal’: Kearsney does well in maths

2012-01-05 00:00

KEARSNEY College hailed the 2011 achievements of its boys in the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) exams as “phenomenal” and was particularly proud that 50% of its boys who wrote mathematics achieved distinctions.

The school’s 116 matriculants achieved 244 distinctions among them.

Kearsney College’s 2011 dux, Nicol Pirow — who got eight distinctions — was placed in the top one percent of South Africa’s IEB candidates in six or more subjects.

Fellow classmates, Dominic Koenig, Murray Polkinghorne and Thomas Rich were placed in the top five percent of the country’s IEB candidates in five or more subjects.

Headmaster Elwyn van den Aardweg said the school’s continued focus on maths and science as centres of excellence had produced spin-offs in other subjects such as life sciences, accountancy, engineering, graphics and design and even English.

“The focus on attracting and retaining outstanding teachers has been rewarded with these amazing results,” Van den Aardweg said.

He said the results were especially significant in the context of the country’s continuing problems with maths proficiency, with Umalusi chairperson Sizwe Mabizela recently expressing concern over the country’s poor performance in the subject.

Kearsney College had a 100% pass rate, with 93% achieving a bachelor’s degree pass.

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