Stellenbosch University offers matriculants 2nd chance to improve exam results

2017-01-12 19:11
Stellenbosch University. (Photo: Stellenbosch University)

Stellenbosch University. (Photo: Stellenbosch University)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


Maths improvements: 'Teachers development leads the way'

2017-01-09 16:55

Wits' University Maths Education Specialist Jacques Du Plessis says there is one common denominator when it comes to schooling system and learners and that is teachers. WATCH

Stellenbosch - Matriculants who passed their exams, but did not meet Stellenbosch University's entry criteria, now have a chance to improve their marks and reapply, the university has said.

In a statement released on Thursday, the university said learners who had passed their National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams in 2015 and 2016 with an average of 60%, and had also managed to obtain 45% for both mathematics and physical science, could apply for a year-long programme to improve their marks.

The programme, SciMathUS, is offered by the university's Centre of Pedagogy (SUNCEP) and is aimed at offering learners from "educationally disadvantaged circumstances" a second chance to qualify for studies at the institution.

Students had the options to improve their marks in mathematics, physical sciences, accounting, as well as being given an introduction to economics, it said.

"Success is within reach of everyone who is willing to work hard," SUNCEP director Trevor van Louw, said.

Last year's intake of 97 students rewrote the 2016 NSC exam and managed to obtain nine distinctions in mathematics and 15 in physical sciences.

The average improvement in the two subjects was between 16% and 17% respectively, the institution said.

The top achiever in mathematics obtained 87%, while the highest mark in physical sciences was 89%.

Around 87% of the students passed with more than 60% in mathematics, which is the minimum entry requirement for most degree programmes at the university, it said.

For physical sciences, 92% of the group got a pass mark of more than 60%.

Students were encouraged to apply for the programme online before applications close on January 20.

Read more on:    stellenbosch university  |  education  |  matric 2016

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham

Here are just ten of our favourite plus-sized models:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.