Matric pupils from the Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology in Mdantsane were celebrated this past weekend at a special awards ceremony at The Venue at Hemingways for their excellent 2021 results.
The class of 2021 excelled in their year-end National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams despite enduring Covid-19, online classes and a lack of physical classes and in-person interaction with teachers.
Matric pupils who took part in the programme achieved a 100% pass rate for both maths and physical science.
About 92% of the pupils scored higher than 50% for maths and 90% of them above 50% for physical science. The pupils also achieved a 95% Bachelor’s pass rate, with many gaining admission to top universities in SA.
At the ceremony, awards were also presented to pupils in each grade in several categories, including Top Achiever and Most Improved Learner.
Maya Makanjee, chair of Datatec Foundation, described Kutlawanong as an effective, well-run organisation.
“We are pleased that this long-established partnership has produced hundreds of distinctions in maths and science, as well as Bachelor, diploma and higher certificate passes, and, most importantly, university graduates.
“Maths education faces many challenges in our country, but we believe that with long-term thinking, consistency and like-minded partners, we can make a meaningful difference,“ said Makanjee. Yomelela Nelani shared some words of wisdom with the class of 2022, reminding them of the power of prayer.
“The class of 2021 was a class of prayer.
“When we first started in Grade 10, our teacher would start the class by reading a Bible verse and praying.
“It is very important to be focused.
“There are unhealthy relationships that we can avoid by being focused on our studies.
“Studying opens you up to many opportunities,” said Nelani.
Lithemba Somta, who was BCM’s top achiever for 2021, also had some words of wisdom for his peers.
“I am very happy with the recognition I have received from Kutlwanong.
“My advice for the class of 2022 is simple. I wouldn’t be here without hard work and the help of the teachers.
“They taught us very well, they taught us skills to master exams, so listen to them because they will guide you to where you need to be,” said Somta.
Inathi Melento, who is studying towards a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery, offered study tips and advice on how to achieve good marks.
“In my study routine, I would often read up about topics before we covered them in class.
“I would write down any questions I had and ask the teacher when I got to class.
“I believe that time management is also very important. I spent a lot of my time studying at Kutlwanong.
“I also recommend watching summaries of the work on YouTube,” said Melento.
Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology has 16 centres and has assisted more than 32,000 pupils in maths and science.