Mbilwi Secondary School in the Vhembe district once again dominated the provincial National Senior Certificate (NSC) results with two female learners sharing the first position after acquiring a total of 1 693 points each.
Anthel Mavhina and Ndodzo Masithi claimed a number of awards and prizes during the provincial announcement of the results at Protea Hotel Ranch Resort on Friday. The school also scooped numerous awards, among others for producing the most bachelor passes.
Although the province recorded a 3,8% improvement to produce a 69,4% pass rate, there were nevertheless still three schools where no Grade 12 candidate had passed – Senwane Secondary School, Letshega Malokwane Secondary School and Ramoroke High School.
Presenting the results, Education MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe indicated that of the 76 730 candidates who sat for the exams 53 254 passed. The number of bachelor passes obtained has increased from 18,4% in 2016 to 17 999 or 23,5% in 2018. Candidates who attained access to diploma study numbered 18 892 and those qualifying for higher certificate study 16 350. Eleven candidates achieved the NSC qualification and two obtained an Endorsed NSC.
“Our candidates have given a good account of themselves in gateway subjects in which the province had registered a decline in 2017 and such subjects include Accounting which has improved by 5,7%, Mathematics by 4,8% and Physical Sciences by 8,6% from 63,2% to 71,8% with 941 distinctions. Eleven Technology and Technical subjects written for the first time in the 2018 NSC saw our candidates achieving above 87% with te exception of Technical Mathematics which delivered an 45,6% average,” Kgetjepe explained.
Pietersburg Hoërskool (PHS) finished in second position in the category for public schools producing the most bachelor passes. Northern Academy won the category for independent schools with the most bachelor passes.
MEC Special Awards went to Moreko Secondary School for its best performance in quintiles 1 and 2 after 147 of its candidates (98,7%) passed. Sipho Chauke from Rivoni School for the Blind was presented with the MEC Special Award for obtaining the second highest marks in Xitsonga Home Language regardless of his disability.
The rest of the top five in the province are Felicia Makondo from EPP Mhinga Secondary School with 1 676 points, Hoërskool Ben Viljoen’s Petrone Moolman (1 677), Kharendwe Mudzielwana from Thengwe Secondary School (1 682). Kharendwe and Felicia represented the province at the national NSC awards after obtaining positions one and three respectively in the category Top Performing Learner in Quintile 3.
Story & photos: ENDY SENYATSI