Maseala Progressive Secondary School’s Grade 12s of 2018 recorded a massive increase in results attained during the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) national senior certificate when they managed to achieve a 96% pass rate compared to 88% in 2017.
The total number of candidates who sat for the 2018 exam was 52 of which five were modulation candidates. Only two candidates failed thereby dropping the pass rate by 4%. Maseala managed to acquire 22 bachelor passes which represent 47%, 17 diplomas translating to 36% and while the six certificate passes represent 13%. Seven candidates ensured that the school produce nine distinctions in Life Orientation, Mathematical Literacy and Sepedi Home Language. They are Kamogelo Kwadi, Mabontle Mosedame, Ashley Msimanga, Junior Nkadimeng, Audrey Phaladi, Tanaka Samba and Dan Machaka.
Nkadimeng is Maseala Progressive Secondary School’s top learner after obtaining a distinction in Life Orientation and acquiring levels five and six in other subjects. The school offered 15 subjects and obtained 100% pass rate in eight of them. Principal Trust Chimhundu indicated that this was a huge improvement and stressed that they had expected a 100% pass. For the past four years, the pass rate has been on the rise, he stated, adding that they are however still falling short of the national IEB average pass rate of 98,8%.
“I am confident that we will reach our 100% target at the end of this academic year. All the candidates did their best and we would like to applaud them for a job well done. Our school managing directors, educators and parents also played a critical role in this achievement and I would like to thank them for that. The results will motivate the class of 2019 to work harder,” Chimhundu reckoned.
Maseala Progressive School Managing Director, Masilo Mohlahlana emphasised that they use higher learning institutions Admission Point Score (APS) to monitor learners’ performance each term and this encourages them to strive for the best. He further stated that they were reaping the results of their winter camp held in Magaliesburg where learners made pledges that they would pass with flying colours.
“I am happy with the results although we were expecting more. This year’s matrics will be highly motivated. We are going to use their Grade 11 final progress reports to measure their performances to ensure that no one regresses,” Mohlahlana said.
He went on to state that they are planning to introduce APS system in Grade 10 and 11 for learners to know how to calculate their scores and reckoned that this would keep them on the right track. The school held a celebration last Thursday to congratulate learners who passed and sympathise with the two who could not progress.
Story and photos: ENDY SENYATSI