uMkhanyakude matrics third in province
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.'