Through the Kagiso Shanduka Trust partnership and its various interventions currently being implemented in 24 secondary schools in Fezile Dabi and 22 schools in Motheo - Matrics from the two Free State districts have achieved praiseworthy results. Fezile Dabi placed second in the province with an 84 percent matric pass rate while Motheo placed 4th with an 82.8 percent pass rate.
“We are proud of the Free State’s Class of 2014 who achieved an 82.3 percent pass rate, particularly Kgolagano Secondary School in Rammulotsi, Viljoenskroon which achieved a 100 percent pass rate and became the only township school in the Fezile Dabi district to achieve such remarkable results,” says Themba Mola, Kagiso Trust chief operating officer.
In March 2013, the Shanduka Foundation signed an agreement with Kagiso Trust and the Free State Department of Education to work together in schools in two districts in the Free State province. Shanduka Foundation and Kagiso Trust have each committed R100 million over a five year period to improve infrastructure and learner performance in these schools, while the Free State Education Department has also matched the R200 million contribution.
“We note the good work of our schools in retaining outstanding results despite this year marking the full implementation of the CAPS system with matric exams based on this curriculum for the first time. Our work in the Free State continues to produce quality matriculants as demonstrated by Kgolagano Secondary School,” added Donneì Nicol, Shanduka Foundation chief executive officer.
On Tuesday, 6 January 2015, students from Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts were recognised as part of the province's top 100 matriculants and together with their teachers, principals and fellow class mates have contributed greatly to the successful results achieved by the class of 2014 in the Free State Province.
South Africa's 2014 matric students achieved a pass rate of 75.8 percent, Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, announced on Monday, 5 January 2015.
While the 75. 8 percent pass rate represents a 2.4 percentage point drop from the 2013 pass rate of 78.2 percent, Motshekga said the bar had been raised to improve the quality of the examination outcome and enhance the quality and standard of Grade 12 graduates.
At the beginning of the matric examinations Motshekga announced much more stringent marking criteria and a tighter moderation process.
The National Senior Certificate (NSC) exam was written by 550 127 full-time candidates and of the total number of learners who wrote the NSC exam, 150 752 (28.3 percent) qualified for admission to bachelor studies.
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