PJ Olivier principal Piet Snyders was generally pleased with his school's 2012 matric results, which he said were an improvement on 2011. Their matric achievements include 12 bachelor's degree-level passes, eight diplomas and two higher certificates. One pupil failed and one didn't complete the exams, for medical reasons.
PJ Olivier principal Piet Snyders was generally pleased with his school's 2012 matric results, which he said were an improvement on 2011. Their matric achievements include 12 bachelor's degree-level passes, eight diplomas and two higher certificates. One pupil failed and one didn't complete the exams, for medical reasons. PJ's top achiever, Eric Hendrikz, achieved an 80% aggregate.
However, Snyders was disappointed with the Eastern Cape Department of Education for a number of reasons, calling the department “incompetent in marking Afrikaans scripts”.
His disappointment comes from the lower-than-expected computer application technology marks. When all the other results came to him via the Department of Education on 26 December, these were missing.
Snyders said when he finally got the results for the subject this week, he noticed an average 20% drop in the marks compared to the September exams – also set by the department. The school's three top achievers in computer application technology, who had achieved over 80% in September, all received around 60%.
The rest of the results, Snyders said, were acceptable.
"They do compare with the September results,” he said.
Snyders also berated the department for not issuing pupils with their statement of symbols, the official document used until pupils receive their matric certificates. This document is also needed for students to prove their marks to the university where they have applied.
While PJ, Graeme and Victoria Girls' High School handed out copies of the department's schedule of results for each matriculant, VGHS also printed out individual letters for each pupil, confirming their symbols and signed by the principal.
“This is a clear sign of incompetence on the side of Bhisho,” said Snyders. “It is unacceptable to release results and the paperwork is not done properly.”
While Nombulelo pupils had been told to collect their statement of symbols tomorrow, Snyders said he'd had no indication from the department when they would be ready.
Graeme College principal Peter Reed, said there had been no complications with his school's results, but they too had not received the statements of symbols.
Graeme once again achieved a 100% pass rate, with one A aggregate. Daniel Arnott was Graeme's top achiever and his marks included 99% for accounting, 86% for maths, 84% for science and 78% for life science.
Reed said, “We are very happy with the results as a whole.”
Of the Graeme matrics, 66% achieved bachelor's degree entry-level passes.