“We are so proud of our matriculants!” The Free State education department want these words to reach every matric pupil in the Free State who sat for the National Senior Certificate Examination this year. A handful of grade 12s are ending their examinations today with Dance Studies, Electrical Technology and Religion Studies. “Everything went exceptionally well with the examination process this year,” said departmental spokesperson, Howard Ndaba. “We are very proud of our matriculants for all their hard work and dedication.
We also want to thank all those who played a role in ensuring a successful examination process – especially the parents and teachers.” Ndaba said they are still certain that a pass rate of 80% will be achieved by the more than 24 000 Free State matriculants who wrote the exams this year. “We are so excited for the results to surface next year. Thank you to the matriculants who obeyed all the examination rules and regulations,” said Ndaba. The results will be available on January 3 next year, and can be collected at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein.
The department will host a ceremony at the Kroonstad Correctional Service Training College next week to congratulate and thank every school principle in the province for their commitment and hard work. “They did wonderful work, and we’ll use that opportunity to thank them for everything they’ve done to ensure an incident-free examination,” said Ndaba. The department said earlier that they’ll be focusing on increasing the pass rates of the so-called “killer subjects” (Mathematics, Physical Science and Accounting) this year. “In Mathematics, we envisage an increase in the pass rate from 53.94% in the 2011 NSC results to 65%. In Physical Science we intend to improve our performance from 55.21% to 65% and in Accounting we hope to increase the performance from 60.3% in 2011 to 70% in 2012.”
Ndaba says the successful implementation of the Provincial Strategy on Learner Attainment (PSLA) in 2012 gave the department confidence that the 80% target pass rate will be met. The PSLA is an intervention developed by the department to improve Grade 12 results by phenomenally reducing the number of under-performing schools and subjects. Courant spoke to a few matriculants who are excited about what lies ahead for 2013. “I’m going to study Somatology in Potchefstroom. I’m absolutely certain it’s the right direction for me – I can’t wait!” said Rochelle Botes, a matriculant from Zastron. “I want to study B.Com Law next year,” added Hennie de Swardt. “I’ve always wanted to become a lawyer, and with this degree, I can do so much more. I’m very excited.”