North West Class of 2015 Exceeded National Average Matriculation Pass Rate

The North West province exceeded the national average matriculation pass rate of 70.7%, with 27 118 of 33 286 North West matriculants (81.5%) passing the 2015 end of year national examinations. This places the province in 4th place in the 2015 matric pass rates results.

The Bojanala School District, which is strongly supported by the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) also emerged as one of the best performing districts nationally, ranking 10 out of the 81 districts in the country. 

While the matric pass rates are proof that the NECT’s interventions are working, improved education outcomes across all school grades in 54 Fresh Start Schools (FSSs) remain a focus for the NECT in the 2016 academic year.

North West MEC for Education, Wendy Matsemela also conducted monitoring visit to schools in the area at the beginning of the year, and was impressed by the level of school readiness.

Developing a reading population and future leaders

A Youth Learner Leadership programme has also been established in the Bojanala district through a partnership between the NECT and the Epic Foundation which seeks to encourage learners in Grade 10 to develop a culture of reading. The intention is to encourage learners to develop critical thinking skills that are global, in order to produce responsible global leaders with global solutions. This starts with learners doing their homework and taking accountability for their own academic success. The programme is aligned with the NECT’s programme of Learner Welfare, and Parent and Community Involvement, and has been piloted at three schools under the NECT’s Fresh Start Schools (FSS) initiative in the Madibeng region.

Since the focus of the Epic programme on reading, three classrooms at each school have been  revamped by the NECT’s Learner Welfare and Parent and Community Involvement initiative. These classrooms have been turned into mini-libraries for reading and homework. Epic  has also arranged a free camp for selected Grade 10 learners who display leadership qualities and potential, to undergo training in leadership skills development and other empowerment activities. The learners will be monitored annually in terms of their progress in their studies and year end results. 

There is no doubt that with a continued focus on collaboration and ensuring that parents and the community get involved, the North West, will be able to set its sights on first place in matric results in the near future.

 

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