Star College surpasses for excellence in #Matricresults2017


The Department of Basic Education has announced the results for the 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric exams.

The matric class of 2017 have achieved a pass rate of 75.1%‚ a 2.6 percentage points increase from 72.5% in the previous year.  This is still down from a peak of 78.2% of matriculants who passed in 2013.

The figure reflects the achievement of the 401‚435 matriculants who passed their NSC exams‚ Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Thursday evening.

According to Gauteng Education department, these are the most improved schools :

Most Improved Schools 1 Letsibogo Secondary School 100% from 99.2 achieved in 2016 2 Kennilworth Secondary School 100% from 100% achieved in 2016 3 Diepsloot Secondary School 100% from 95.38% achieved in 2016.

KwaZulu-Natal’s MEC for Basic Education Mthandeni Dlungwana said on Friday morning that his was a “province on the rise”. The province obtained a 72.8% pass rate in 2017. This marked a 6.4 percentage point increase from 2016’s pass rate of 66.4%.

Durban’s Star College announced that the class of 2017  achieved a 100% pass rate and 99% bachelor’s pass.
Star’s 75 candidates achieved 298 subject distinctions in all subjects (including Advanced Programme Mathematics). This produced an average of 3.97 subject distinctions per candidate.
Special mention goes to Tasha Govender  and Taruna Rambaros . Both students  achieved  9 subject distinctions.
Principal of Star College Bridgetown, Cape Town Mr. U.H. Patli said that the school achieved 100 % Matric and 100 % Bachelors pass with 3.96 distinction per learner.

Makhura: We must stand with the oppressed Turkish community

Deputy Minister of Basic Education Enver Surty and Gauteng Premier David Makhura yesterday attended Fountain Educational Trust and Nizamiye Schools End of Year Function and Celebrations of Achievements.

 Makhura and Surty handed over certificates to successful students. Makhura said that education is the most important investment any nation can ever make If any community neglect education they are neglecting the future. In his speech, Premier said that Turkish community’s contribution to education is phenomenal and I want to thank them on behalf of the South African government.

 “I know that this investment you are making in KwaZulu Natal, in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and here in our province in education and I know this resource to run these schools is what comes from the businessmen and business women who give a lot in this, to get education going” Premier added.

Makhura also touched Turkey’s ongoing pressure on Turkish citizens. “I am someone who is very straight forward, and I talk my mind. I am not very happy with the way Turkish government is treating a lot of you who have been declared a terrorist. If terrorists are what you are, then I think I would love to be a terrorist, you know Uncle Ali is the most wonderful man and those of you who know Uncle Ali, I don’t understand how Uncle Ali can be a dangerous person and harmful person who is ought to overthrow the Turkish government”.

Makhura remained that the freedom in South Africa was supported with many people across the world who stood firm, who mobilized, many of them paid price in their own countries and they stood up and said apartheid is injustice. Premier urged his comrades in the program that they should stand with Turkish people who jailed and tortured. Premier completed his talk by saying that a lot of children from poor households benefitting from these schools and Turkish community should continue to do good work despite many challenges they face.

Deputy Minister of Basic Education Minister Surty also said that Nizamiye Complex contributes South Africa’s spiritual values education and health.

Free tours for Gauteng learners

 Gauteng high school learners, who have just completed their exams, are in for a treat this year as they get a chance to tour the Johannesburg Zoo, Gold Reef City and other exciting heritage sites for free.

Through the Gauteng Department of Education’s “Know your province” campaign, learners will be exposed to various places of interest in the province.

“The Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG), through the Social Cluster Departments, has organised activities for youth during the holiday period.

“The cluster has appointed facilitators, caregivers and site managers for the School Holiday Programme, which will run for the first week of December from 4- 8 December 2017,” the department said.

Learners will be transported to various heritage sites such as Freedom Park, Constitutional Hill and Maropeng, among others, as part of the programme.

The programme aims to deter learners from engaging in destructive farewell parties.

“We call upon [learners] to remain focused and to abstain from participating in pens down parties, as these parties often lead to tragic incidents,” said Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

Pens down parties are events where learners, especially Grade 12 learners, celebrate the end of exams.

The department pleaded with parents and community members to discourage these activities, as they have the potential to rob learners of their future.

“There are people who lost everything because of these activities, hence the warning to our children. Equally, our children need to know that there are more important things in life and consequences of such practices are sometimes to their detriment.

“All sorts of ungodly activities are done at such events, including indulging in drugs, unprotected sex and tearing of school uniform — something that needs to be condemned in all fronts,” said MEC Lesufi.

Instead of engaging in such behaviour, learners are instead encouraged to donate their school uniform to their respective schools, which would be used by those who may need it most.

Moreover, the department appealed to owners of liquor stores and taverns to make it their responsibility not to sell alcohol to learners.

The department called on parents to be alert and monitor the movement of their children and discourage them from potentially harmful behaviour upon completion of their exams. –

Ramaphosa: Education key to fighting poverty

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says according to the recent Poverty Trends Report it is clear that education must be at the centre of the fight against poverty.

According to the report released by Statistics South Africa, South Africans with little or no education make up an overwhelming majority of those living below the poverty line. The report shows that more than half of South Africans live in poverty.

“We must be deeply concerned that children aged 17 and younger are disproportionately affected by poverty. They are mainly African, female and from our rural areas,” he said.

The Deputy President was addressing the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) during the Taking Parliament to the People Programme held on Friday at Boshabelo in Mangaung, Free State.

He said while the report explores poverty in general, the Deputy President said it also offers a guide on where public representatives need to focus their efforts, when implementing interventions and programmes aimed at alleviating poverty.

Deputy President Ramaphosa warned that policies that are not working need to be changed to serve the interests of the people.

“We have to act, starting now, to reaffirm their trust in the promise of freedom and democracy. We have to unite South Africans around a shared vision of a society that is fundamentally different. Everyone must make a contribution [and] everyone must have a stake,” the Deputy President said.

The Deputy President said the report highlights the importance of creating an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning, one that is free of intimidation and violence.

He warned that while the country is now in a better position than it was 10 years ago, when it was estimated that close to two-thirds of South Africans were living below the poverty line, there is a danger that, without decisive action, the country’s progress may start to be reversed.

“Behind the poverty statistics, are the individual stories of disillusioned young people who go to bed on an empty stomach. Behind the numbers are the stories of young women who are forced into transactional sex in order to live for a day.

“There are the stories of bright young people who have sought refuge in crime, drugs and alcohol abuse. There are the stories of the elderly and the infirm who live wretched lives without access to health care or social support.

“These are the stories that must remind Honourable Members that our task is enormous, our work is critical and our freedom far from complete. Where there is despair, it is our responsibility to give people hope. We need to do so not with fine words or lofty promises,” the Deputy President said.

He also reminded NCOP members that the people they represent expect more from them than political bickering and brinkmanship, and they demand that they tell no lies and hide no faults.

“They demand that we are honest and hardworking. They expect us to lead the fundamental transformation of our economy. They expect us to enact legislation and adopt budgets that contribute to economic growth and social change,” he said.

The Constitution, he said, remains a living document representing the highest aspirations of ordinary South Africans.

Government needs to do more

The Deputy President said while government has responded to people’s needs for housing, electricity, water, health care, education and social security, it still needs to do more.

“We continue, inspired by our Constitution, to advance the goal of quality universal health care through the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI). We continue to promote the right to education to make sure that children of the poor and working class have a better chance than their parents to break the cycle of poverty and deprivation in their families,” he said.

However, he said there is still much more that government needs to do to meet people’s needs and fulfil the shared Constitutional obligations, as the NCOP’s visit to Boshabelo has confirmed.

Taking Parliament to the People is aimed at deepening oversight between the executive and the legislature to strengthen and ensure quality service delivery to communities.

The theme of this year’s programme is “Deepening Parliamentary Oversight for the Delivery of Quality Services to the People”.

It coincides with Parliament’s annual theme: “Celebrating 20 years of the Constitution and 20 years since the establishment of the NCOP”. –

UNESCO: Education inAfrica

Of all regions, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of education exclusion. Over one-fifth of children between the ages of about 6 and 11 are out of school, followed by one-third of youth between the ages of about 12 and 14. According to UIS data, almost 60% of youth between the ages of about 15 and 17 are not in school.

Without urgent action, the situation will likely get worse as the region faces a rising demand for education due to a still-growing school-age population.

Education in Africa is major priority for UNESCO and the UIS. In response, the UIS develops indicators to help governments, donors and UN partners better address the challenges. For example, the UIS tracks the extent to which schools lack basic amenities, such as access to electricity and potable water, while monitoring classroom conditions – from the availability of textbooks to average class sizes and the prevalence of multi-grade classrooms. With seven out of ten countries facing an acute shortage of teachers, the Institute also produces a range of data on their training, recruitment and working conditions.  Read More

Maths gurus on the Horizon



46  contestants from 10 African countries took part in the 25th Pan African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO) from 1 to 6 July in Rabat, Morocco. The South African team came third overall, behind Morocco and Tunisia with four individual bronze medals.

Emile Tredoux (Grade 11, Parklands College), Malwande Nkonyane (Grade11, Horizon International High School), Emma Nel (Grade 12, Hoërskool Outeniqua) and Klara Eybers (Grade 10, Hoërskool Menlopark) won bronze medals at the 2017 PAMO.


The other team members were Rauseenah Upadhey (Grade 11, Westerford High School) and Kgaugelo Bopape (Grade 9, Horizon International High School).

Southern Courier news:

TWO Horizon High School learners represented South Africa with aplomb at the recent Pan African Maths Olympiad held in Morocco’s capital, Rabat.

Grade Nine Kgaogelo Bopape (14) and Grade 11 Malwande Nkonyane (16), who were part of the team of six to represent SA in a week-long Maths Olympiad, came third. Eleven countries participated in the competition.

In preparation for the event, they went to Cape Town with other South African contestants. “We had South African national coaches mentor us before we left for Rabat,” said Kgaogelo.

Malwande explained to the COURIER what transpired in Rabat. “We each had a two-day paper with three problems to solve. Each day we would sit for and hours. These problems are more complex than the ones at school. You need to use what you have to prove the solution. We were mentally prepared because we were told that it would be hard to compete with other countries. Strategies are more important when solving these problems,” he explained.

They both want to do their best in next year’s Olympiad.

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