EC Education Media Statement on the Second Term NSC

Posted on Friday, 04 May 2018

By Communications

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EC Education Head of Department - Mr Themba Kojana during Media Briefing held in East London:

Members of the media;

Ladies and gentlemen,

In January 2016, the Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDOE) developed a three-year Education System Transformation Plan. The 2018 Improvement Plan for the National Senior Certificate updates the three-year Education System Transformation Plan through completing the following:

ü Analysis of the 2016 and 2017 NSC results
ü Examiners’ reports for 2016 and 2017
ü Review of 2017 interventions

Analysis of the 2017 NSC results

Overall results

The 2017 NSC results show that over 43 000 learners passed the 2017 NSC and 15 380 of these learners achieved a quality pass (Bachelors). This is to be celebrated and should be the basis for setting targets for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Table 1 Number of Eastern Cape learners writing and passing the NSC 2008 to 2016

YEAR

 NO. WROTE

 NO. PASSED

 % PASS

NO. BACH PASSES

% BACH PASSES

2015

87 078

49 476

56,8%

15 291

17,6%

2016

83 019

49 163

59,3%

15 645

18,9%

2017

67 000

43 000

65,1%

12000

22%

 Subject results

Further analysis shows the following in respect of the high enrolment subjects:

Table 2 Number of Eastern Cape learners writing and passing 11 high enrolment subjects

Subject

2016 % pass

2017% pass

2018 % pass target

English FAL

96%

94,4%

95%

Accounting

61,8%

61,7%

68%

Business Studies

64,7%

59,5%

67%

Economics

54,5%

60,1%

67%

Geography

69,3%

69,8%

76%

History

74,8%

79,4%

84%

Mathematics

37,5%

42,3%

50%

Mathematical Literacy

56%

64,4%

70%

Physical Science 

49,6%

57,3%

60%

 
Subject advisers have determined targets for subject pass rate and developed strategies accordingly.

District and school results

District

No. wrote

No. passed

No. Bachelors

% pass

% Bachelors

Sarah Baartman

2499

1795

657

71,8

26,3

Joe Gqabi

3075

2061

630

67

29,1

Alfred Nzo East

3674

2294

801

62,4

21,8

Amathole West

4049

4274

1306

56,7

17,3

Chris Hani East

4262

2649

899

62,2

21,1

Chris Hani West

4526

3073

1143

67,9

25,3

Alfred Nzo West

6125

4125

1249

67,4

20,5

Amathole East

7533

2172

522

53,6

12,9

ORTI

7560

5234

2010

69,2

26,6

BCM

7830

5186

2139

66,2

27,3

ORTC

7981

4923

1576

61,7

19,8

NMB

8534

6195

2448

72,6

28,7

Total

67648

43981

15380

65%

19%

 

1.      The First Push

The First Push ran from 18 January 2018 when schools opened to 30 March 2018 when schools closed.  In this period each district was expected to:

1.      Conduct analysis of 2017 Grade 11 results and identify potential learners for support throughout the year. 

2.      Categorise teachers to establish which teachers can be used as tutors, mentors and those in need of support.  

3.      Categorise schools for support and then 

4.      Ensure all Grade 12 learners had qualified teachers or tutors for every subject. 

5.      Ensure all Grade 12 learners have textbooks for every subject 

6.      Deliver Tips for Success to all schools and mediate contents with learners. 

7.      Allocate a Circuit Manager or member of the District Management Team to all schools with over 100 learners and under 75% pass rate in 2017. 

8.      Set targets for number of learners to pass in every school offering Grade 12.

 

 A template covering these 8 factors was sent to District Directors at the end of February 2018 and they were requested to submit reports on every Friday of March 2018. See attached.

During the April holidays individual schools and districts ran Autumn Schools. Reports on attendance and content of the Autumn Schools are being compiled.
Results from the first term tests are currently being analysed to inform support required in the second term.

2.      The Second Term ( 2 May -30 June)

The approved priority activities for the Second Term are summarized under five headings: Targets, Texts, Teachers, Time and Tests. 

Targets

Targets for education achievement are currently set at national and provincial level.  The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has set targets on a number of NSC indicators for 2019 and 2030 and these targets are reflected in provincial Annual Performance Plans (APPs).

It therefore follows that targets should be set at school, circuit and district level. Without this, provincial targets would be guesswork.  Setting targets in consultation with school management teams, leads to focused attention and support for teachers and learners. In particular, the setting of targets means that school leaders and district officials come to ‘know’ their learners: those learners who require particular forms of support to achieve distinctions; those learners for whom particular support is required to pass the NSC; and most importantly the support required for all learners to achieve to the best of their abilities in the NSC.

In May 2018, all schools in the Province will set targets to increase the number of learners passing the NSC and achieving Bachelor passes. These targets will be included in the School Improvement Plan (SIP) of every school offering Grade 12; and will be conveyed to the new School Governing Bodies and all those involved with the school and will become a central part of the social mobilisation of all education stakeholders and the Quality Learning and Teaching Campaign (QLTC).   

In addition, all districts will set targets for more learners passing the NSC in 2018 than passed in 2017.
Finally, subject advisers will set targets for learners passing each subject in 2018 compared to 2017. 

Texts

By 30 May 2018, all Grade 12 learners should receive textbooks for every subject. This includes the literature setwork books for all official languages.

In addition to textbooks, the ECDOE will provide Study Guides (Mind the Gap) in 11 high enrolment subjects and four past NSC papers and memoranda in 11 high enrolment subjects by 30 May 2018.

Principal mentors and subject advisers will monitor and report on the availability and use of these key texts.

 

Teachers

By 30 May 2018, all Grade 12 learners will have teachers or tutors for all subjects.  The recruitment and placement of qualified teachers for Grade 12 learners will receive priority in May 2018.

In addition, extra tuition will be provided by:

ü JENNS supported teachers

ü Affinity maths and science tutors

ü Telematics tutors in high enrolment subjects at telematics schools from May to September 2017.

ü TV lessons from May to October 2018  

ü Radio lessons from May to October 2018

ü Saturday classes

ü Winter schools

Teacher absenteeism will be monitored closely and temporary teachers deployed in cases of frequent absenteeism.

By 30 May 2018 detailed plans for Winter schools will be approved and published.

Time

Recent research reports point to the fact that too little time is spent teaching in South African schools. Any loss of time on any day contributes to time deficits which compound to learning deficits. This is widely regarded as a problem in many Eastern Cape schools. 

From 2 May 2018, schools will use every hour of every school day to ensure curriculum coverage and deep understanding of core concepts. Schools will have a timetable which is followed by all teachers. Teachers and learners will be punctual for teaching and learning.  Teachers will provide weekly feedback on curriculum coverage using SA-SAMS from March to October 2018.

Grade 12 learners will use afternoons and Saturdays for assessment tasks and extra lessons.

Grade 12 learners will be informed in May that they will be de-registered as full-time candidates if they are absent for more than 20 days, without a valid reason, at any time in the second and third school terms of 2018.
From 2 May 2018 the 200-day count down to the start of the NSC examinations will begin. The ECDOE website will carry the count down. 

Tests

In the second term of 2018, great emphasis will be placed on appropriate School-Based Assessment. The SBA contributes 25% of the total NSC pass mark in most subjects. In practical subjects the SBA counts 50%.  It is essential that learners complete all the required SBA by the end of September 2018.

In the past, large numbers of learners’ opportunities for success have been undermined by not completing the SBA in good time. Learners with incomplete SBA marks do not receive their NSC results.


The Department will monitor progress of the Grade 12 learners and adjust support as required.  
Principals will report on progress on the SBA of every Grade 10 – 12 learner in their schools.

3.      The Last Push (17 July – 17 November)

The Last Push plan, has been developed but upon its approval it will be disseminated to all our schools, circuits and districts on 15 June 2018.

Issued by: Communications Unit, EC Dept. of Education
Enquiries: Mali Mtima @ 084 230 1976/ Loyiso Pulumani @ 083 275 0675

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sidima commented on 07 May, 2018 11:25

only if all the above theory can be implemented and monitor closely then ,its when the ECODE can do better..especially in those regions that are deep rural. due to my judgements EC is lacking behind alot.

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Mnyombolo Mzwandile commented on 11 May, 2018 12:19

The analysis provided here is much appreciated . Can't the department provide this information in a PDF mode , and put it in the website of the ECDOE for those who wish to engage on it , and provide the necessary support ?

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