The NAPTOSA North West leadership wishes all its members and all other stakeholders in education a Happy New Year. We hope that 2014 is a year where, together, we build on the successes of the past and strive to improve the quality of teaching and learning in our Country.

WELCOME BACK AND BEST WISHES FOR 2014

The NAPTOSA North West leadership wishes all its members and all other stakeholders in education a Happy New Year. We hope that 2014 is a year where, together, we build on the successes of the past and strive to improve the quality of teaching and learning in our Country.
THE 2013 NSC RESULTS

NAPTOSA CONGRATULATES THE CLASS OF 2013!

NAPTOSA welcomes the release of the 2013 National Senior Certificate (NSC) results. The pass rate of 78.2% is pleasing, as it is a significant improvement on the 73.9% obtained in 2012.

THE NORTH WEST RESULTS

The Matric results in the North West increased from 79.5% in 2012 to 87.2% in 2013. The increase by 7.7% was very significance and is indicative of the hard work, commitment and support of all stakeholders that participated in the education of our children. NAPTOSA commends teachers for the job well done.

Teachers are often ridiculed and scorned when everything goes wrong in education. We salute all of you for not giving up on the education of the South African child, despite many of you working in appalling and stressful situations. South Africa depends on you for making this country a better place to live in. Keep on keeping on with your good work.

In comparing the past 14 years, the picture in the North West looks as follows:

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

58.3%

62.5%

67.8%

70.5%

64.9%

63%

67%

67.2%

68%

67.5%

75.7%

77.8%

79.5%

87.2%

 

NAPTOSA wishes to congratulate all its members and thanks them for their contributions to the success of the class of 2013.

NAPTOSA has always been concerned about the quality of passes and is therefore encouraged by the increase in the number of learners achieving bachelor degree passes. However, it is concerning that media reports on the results of the National Benchmark Test (NBT), used by many universities to assess the academic readiness of the first year university students, indicate that:

  • Only 10% of matriculants that applied for Engineering and Medical Studies in 2013, for which Mathematics is a requirement, are competent in the subject. More than half of the students who wrote the NBT achieved less than 30% in the Mathematics test; and
  • In terms of academic literacy and comprehension skills, only 30% were found to be competent or ready for the challenges of university studies. Clearly, this indicates that much work is still to be done to improve the standard of basic education.

To all the members, may the year ahead be productive and rewarding on both a personal and professional level. With a positive attitude and good communication, most difficulties can be overcome