The President of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA), Mr. Nkosiphendule “Star” Ntantala commenting on the 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC) results welcomed the improved overall pass rate of 75.1%. Mr. Ntantala commended the Department of Basic Education (DBE) on its management of the 2017 NSC examination involving 629 155 candidates. NAPTOSA notes that this figure is 45 000 less than 2016 NSC cohort. The stringent measures employed by the National and Provincial Departments of Education aimed at increasing the integrity of the NSC examination and reducing question paper leakages and copying that marred previous NSC examinations is applauded. This is indicative that the Department has heeded the Union’s call for better controls to be implemented. The lesson learnt is that it is possible to ensure examination integrity, said Mr. Ntantala. NAPTOSA commends all teachers and invigilators who made the process largely incident-free.
Mr. Ntantala stated that the steady improvement in results is indicative of a maturing system, especially considering that this, 2017 Matric cohort faced challenges of changing curriculums in their schooling career. The improvement in the Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Physical Sciences and Life Sciences results is encouraging, he said. NAPTOSA is however concerned that the Arts, Human and Social Sciences and Technical subjects have not enjoyed similar successes, intervention and attention. We wish to see this situation reversed in the coming year, said Mr. Ntantala.
NAPTOSA welcomes the quality of Bachelors’ passes, and the improved school district performances. This, Mr. Ntantala indicated is a direct result of the lessons learnt from previous years. That no district performed under 50% is worth noting, he added. The greater number of stratified interventions was a direct response to the call from the NAPTOSA to move away from the one size fits all approach.
NAPTOSA continues to lament that the progressed and part time learners are still not receiving adequate support.
Although the focus is on those candidates who have been successful in the 2017 examination NAPTOSA wishes to encourage those candidates who were unsuccessful. Mr Ntantala urges these candidates either to return to school to complete the NSC or to explore other options such as the part-time option of completing the NSC that are available.
NAPTOSA also wishes to commend the dedicated teachers (from Grade R to Grade 12), who have made an enormous contribution to the successes that we are celebrating today.
Finally, the leadership of NAPTOSA congratulates all of the successful candidates of the Class of 2017! You have done yourself, your parents, teachers and your schools proud.
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