School wants answers over matric pass rate bungle

2012-01-17 00:00

CHISTLEHURST Academics and Arts High School in Pietermaritzburg wants answers from the KZN Department of Education regarding a matric pass rate bungle that has damaged the school’s reputation.

The school entered into an agreement with the department for pupils from the Community of Love Christian Academy — which was not registered properly for the 2011 National Senior Examinations — to use Chistlehurst’s examination number so that pupils could write the exams. Chistlehurst is at Pentrich and the other school is in Scottsville.

Only 44 of the 114 pupils from Community of Love wrote the National Senior Examination and only 13 passed, leading to a 29,55% pass rate being recorded under Chistlehurst name.

Chistlehurst’s school management representative Jacyn Fanner said they had an agreement with the department that these pupils would not be recorded under their school.

“The worst part is that we did not even have a Grade 12 class for the year of 2011. This year was going to be the first year that our school offers all grades. Having these results published under our school name has really affected our enrolment for this year. We have approached the department several times … but … no one wants to take responsibility.”

Education spokesperson Mbali Thusi said: “The school is an independent school, therefore their results are not published in print media like the public schools. What we are trying to establish … is who issued an instruction for the other group of learners to write at Chistlehurst …”

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