Be­lated hon­ours for top Nk­wanca ma­tric

The Rep - - NEWS - ANDISA BONANI

NK­WANCA High School Grade 12 pupil Anathi Maza­misa, fam­ily and friends are in cel­e­bra­tory mood af­ter the young man achieved a spec­tac­u­lar 100% in both maths and science in the 2017 ma­tric ex­ams.

While he is def­i­nitely among the top achiev­ers in the district – and the prov­ince – he was er­ro­neously not in­vited to the gala din­ner to hon­our top achiev­ers – prob­a­bly due to the fact that the marks for agri­cul­tural sciences for 33 pupils at the school were re­ceived late.

Maza­misa’s other marks in­cluded 97% for life sciences, 93% for life ori­en­ta­tion, 87% for English and 86% for isiXhosa. He was be­lat­edly hon­oured by the de­part­ment dur­ing a func­tion in Zwelit­sha in King Wil­liam’s Town on Sun­day.

The 33 pupils had found that the marks for agri­cul­tural sciences had been omit­ted from their aca­demic tran­scripts, ap­par­ently due to a depart­men­tal blun­der.

Prin­ci­pal Nt­sikelelo Lut­seke said the is­sue had af­fected the school and pupils.

“I am happy to an­nounce that the sit­u­a­tion is be­ing taken care of and I am proud that the school did very well. Last year we achieved a 68% pass rate and this year we got 69.1%.

“We still need to im­prove in math­e­mat­ics, ac­count­ing and busi­ness stud­ies be­cause pupils are fail­ing these learn­ing ar­eas from early grades. The ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment’s pol­icy re­quires schools to ‘push’ learn­ers to the next grade even if they are fail­ing and that neg­a­tively af­fects our pass rate.

“To en­sure an im­prove­ment for this year’s matrics, we are start­ing ex­tra classes on Jan­uary 22.”

Maza­misa will be study­ing mecha­tronic en­gi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of the Western Cape.

“I am re­lieved that this mat­ter is be­ing fixed, but my school mates are still strug­gling to get place­ments at uni­ver­si­ties be­cause they could not sub­mit their aca­demic tran­scripts in time due to the out­stand­ing marks. They are now treated as hav­ing ap­plied late and it is dif­fi­cult to se­cure a place at this time of the year.”

The school had 37 bach­e­lor passes, 44 diploma and 31 higher cer­tifi­cate passes.

Ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor in Chris Hani West Nkosi­nathi Godlo said the re­sults blun­der was as a re­sult of a pro­gramme er­ror.

“We were told by the pro­vin­cial de­part­ment that the er­ror oc­curred be­cause the sys­tem ini­tially would not al­low for corrections and ad­just­ments to be made. We apol­o­gise to the af­fected pupils and will en­sure this in­ci­dent does not hap­pen again.”

Pic­ture: SUPPLIED

WELL DONE: Nk­wanca High School top achiever Anathi Maza­misa with var­i­ous ed­u­ca­tion stake­hold­ers af­ter he was hon­oured for his bril­liant re­sults in the 2017 ma­tric ex­ams

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