Programme bears fruit

2016-01-13 06:00
SHARP, SHARP! Tswaragano Mashiloane of the Beacon Secondary School was one of the top ten performers in the province. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

SHARP, SHARP! Tswaragano Mashiloane of the Beacon Secondary School was one of the top ten performers in the province. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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THE Kagiso Trust joins the Free State Department of Education in congratulating the province’s class of 2015, specifically the Thabo Mofutsanyana district.

The Free State achieved a 81,6% pass rate and the Thabo Mofutsanyana district achieved a pass rate of 87,5%, making it the best-performing district in the Free State.

The Kagiso Trust, in partnership with the Free State Department of Education, has been implementing the Beyers Naudé Schools Development Programme (BNSDP) in 166 Thabo Mofutsanyana schools since 2007.

As the programme is in its consolidation and exit phase, the Kagiso Trust is pleased at the continued performance of the Thabo Mofutsanyana district which attests to the sustainability of the intervention in the district’s schools. The fact that the district’s performance increased and exceeded both provincial and national averages, is indicative of the sustainability principles put in place by the BNSDP.

The BNSDP has a sound strategy of establishing good governance and management principles which will ultimately form the foundation of the long-term success of the schools affiliated with the programme.

“At the heart of the BNSDP is the quest for deepening the quality and confidence of teachers in rural communities as well as encouraging communities around the school to participate in the management of their school,” said Themba Mola, Kagiso Trust chief operations officer.

The year 2015 saw 8 of the 46 secondary schools, which are part of the BNSDP, achieve a remarkable 100% pass rate. Situated in the predominantly rural Thabo Mofutsanyana district, the eight schools are the Beacon Secondary School, Lekgulo Secondary School, Masopha Secondary School, Metsi Matsho Secondary School, Mohaladitwe Secondary School, Rantsane Secondary School, Reahola Secondary School and Thiboloha Special School.

SH Molete, Rantsane Secondary School principal, shared that “the school had been receiving poor results, but since the involvement of the Kagiso Trust, every grade has improved its results. In 2008, we received a matric pass rate of 51%. We are now a 100% pass rate school.” The Rantsane Secondary School achieved a 100% pass average in 2013, 2014 and 2015. What do they attribute to this success?

“The BNSDP provided us with school governing body workshops which assisted with management and governance. Team-building exercises helped unite our staff, especially in 2013 and 2014 and our school realised its best results ever,” said Molete.

The BNSDP saw 4 094 learners write the National Senior Certificate examination, an increase of 6 79 learners compared to 2014. Altogether 3 495 learners passed: 1 223 bachelor passes, 1 540 diplomas and 715 higher certificates were obtained. The district continues to show a steady growth in performance year on year.

“We believe that working with government and district officials are integral to sustainability as we share best practice and lessons learnt with the district. Thank you to all the parents, teachers, principals and the Thabo Mofutsanyana Education District office for their commitment and hard work and we encourage them to continue to grow and sustain good academic results,” concluded Mola.

Early in 2013, the Kagiso Trust, together with the Shanduka Foundation, formed the Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) and the two NGOs partnered with the Free State Department of Education and “embarked on a collaborative initiative to deliver quality education and make education accessible to the most marginalised among us,” said the Free State MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe.

Through this R400 million partnership, the Kagiso Shanduka Trust hopes to significantly improve the academic performance of 428 schools in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts.

The class of 2015 in the Fezile Dabi district achieved a pass rate of 86,2%, securing second position in the province and Motheo achieved 74,8%.

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