Thumbs up for 2017 matrics

Stanger Manor pupils celebrated the end of the schooling career.

There was reason for celebration on the North Coast with Ilembe achieving a 12.4 percent improvement over the previous year and becoming the most improved district in the province.

Ilembe’s 2016 pass rate of 52.4 increased to 64.7 percent in 2017.

Although it was a close second, the title of the worst-performing district in KZN was passed to Zululand which achieved 64.8 percent.

Despite this, the matric pass rate remains a challenge as, of the 7 121 pupils who wrote the 2017 matric examinations in Ilembe, only 4622 passed.

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One school in the district was among the five in KZN with a zero percent pass rate and four others have had a pass rate below 40 percent for the past five years.

Mathematics and physical science remained the two subjects with the highest failure rates.

The province, however, showed the greatest improvement in the country and welcomed a 72 percent pass rate – a step up from last year’s 66 percent.

Seatides Combined School’s Suvitha Lalli was over the moon with her seven distinctions.

KZN MEC for education Mthandeni Dlugwana attributed the improvement in the province to a collective effort.

“KZN pupils, teachers and principals have made us proud. We are going to start outlining plans for the year ahead but we want to ensure that the culture for improved performance will remain.”

Adding to the good news, some of Ilembe’s matric pupils gave a sterling academic performance, earning them a spot in the top five pupils in the district.

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Coming in first was Nosipho Mthembu of Stanger Secondary School, in second place was Emmanuel Mwandla of Groutville High School, third in the district was Nkanyiso Mhlongo from Impoqabulungu Secondary School, in fourth place was Prathna Seewnath of Glenhills Secondary School and fifth was Ashveer Singh of Stanger Manor Secondary School.

Stanger Manor Secondary School’s Ashveer Singh (17) said consistency is the key to success.

“I had six distinctions for life science, accounting, physics, maths, LO and Afrikaans. There is no magic formula but there should not be any procrastination. I used to study every day for a few hours just to make sure that I understand the work. I was not really aiming to be in the top five but I am glad that I made my parents proud.”

Singh achieved the highest mark for mathematics in Ilembe and plans to study medicine at Wits University.

From left Stanger Manor Secondary School’s top performing matric pupils, Tiara Gounden, Kerina Bisnath and Shiven Naidoo.

Schools in Tongaat falling under the Pinetown district also celebrated with a 75.51 pass rate. Most schools in the area showed improvement from the previous year’s results while Seatides Combined School achieved a pass rate of 100 percent with a total of 102 distinctions.

The ANC Youth League in the Greater KwaDukuza Region congratulated the district’s matriculants on their performance and urged them to make use of the resources available to them.

“We encourage those students who did not make it through this year to tap into the second chance programme. We urge all progressing learners to approach their municipalities, youth offices and all departments available at the disposal of relevant knowledge and financial assistance,” said regional secretary Musa Zondi.

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Erica Abrahams

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