uMkhanyakude matrics third in prov­ince

Northern Eyethu - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Tam­lyn Jolly

WITH an over­all pass rate of 77%, uMkhanyakude Dis­trict se­cured third spot in KZN's provin­cial ma­tric re­sult rank­ings for 2017.

Hav­ing im­proved by 7.84% on the 2016 Na­tional Se­nior Cer­tifi­cate (NSC) re­sults, uMkhanyakude was among the prov­ince's most im­proved dis­tricts.

It was one of the dis­tricts sin­gled out for recog­ni­tion by KZN Ed­u­ca­tion MEC, ME Dlung­wana, at the NSC award cer­e­mony and ad­dress held at Dur­ban's ICC.

How­ever, it is not all cel­e­bra­tions in uMkhanyakude as Mvu­zomuhle Se­condary School was named by the DA as one of 13 schools in the prov­ince that have scored an av­er­age of lower than 40% for at least the past five years.

The DA is call­ing on the Ed­u­ca­tion Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee Chair­per­son to add the 13 un­der-per­form­ing schools to its func­tion­al­ity over­sight vis­its to be con­ducted by MPLs this week.

Neigh­bour­ing Zu­l­u­land was the worst per­form­ing KZN dis­trict, with a 65% pass rate.

In provin­cial stats, the num­ber of learn­ers ob­tain­ing Bach­e­lor's passes in­creased in 2017 by 4%.

Of the 5 356 pro­gressed learn­ers who wrote all the sub­jects, 56% passed.

In an­other achieve­ment, the num- ber of KZN schools that ob­tained 0% came down from seven in 2016 to three last year.

The prov­ince's re­sults in­creased in both maths and physics, by 4% and 7% re­spec­tively.

There was also an in­crease in schools achiev­ing a 100% pass rate.

'We con­tinue to ob­serve that the high per­form­ing schools are char­ac­terised by ded­i­ca­tion and hard work as the main driv­ers be­hind their suc­cess,' said Dlung­wane.

He said that large learner num­bers place a bur­den on KZN within the na­tional goals, and that this is com­pounded by the ru­ral na­ture of our prov­ince.

'Need­less to say, KZN con­trib­uted the high­est num­ber of NSC ex­am­i­na­tion can­di­dates again in 2017.'

He said it is clear that the depart­ment must dou­ble its re­sources and ef­forts to com­pen­sate for con­tex­tual fac­tors.

'As the depart­ment, we are sat­is­fied with the per­for­mance, but we ac­knowl­edge that we can still do bet­ter.'

He said the depart­ment has set high stan­dards for this aca­demic year, in­clud­ing to im­prove over­all func­tion­al­ity in schools, in­crease ac­count­abil­ity at all lev­els, and put sys­tems in place to im­prove learner at­tain­ment in all grades.

'We are con­fi­dent that 2018 will be a suc­cess­ful year for all of us and we will not al­low any­thing to take our eyes off the ball.'

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