An inquiry is the channel that could ultimately shut down poorly performing independent schools in Gauteng. This comes after not a single matriculant passed at two independent schools: Rostec Technical College (high school) in Pretoria and Designated Centre Gallway in Germiston.
Both schools contributed to the decline in the pass rate in Gauteng because their matriculants wrote under the banner of the provincial education department and not an independent assessment board.
According to reports, which City Press has seen and which were compiled by the national department of basic education and the province, both schools scored a 0% pass rate.
Gauteng’s class of 2019 scored an overall 87.2% pass rate – a decline from 87.8% in 2018. It came second to the Free State, which scored an 88.4% matric pass rate, reclaiming the number one spot it lost to Gauteng in 2018.
Six matriculants sat for their final exams at Rostec, while four of their counterparts at Designated Centre Gallway wrote their finals last year. They all failed.
When City Press visited Rostec this week, a number of promotional activities were taking place at the school. Rostec offers tuition for grades 8 to 12, as well as part- and full-time programmes linked to higher education.
Rostec principal Edwin Kafureka said the six matriculants had either been progressed or promoted to write matric, and one of them had taken a gap year.
“The college management team [comprising Rostec’s board of directors] and the school management team have passed a resolution not to enrol progressed pupils in Grade 12 as full-time candidates, but rather as part-timers or modularised candidates, to avoid this bad performance,” he said.
“The college will only accept pupils who have studied at Rostec from grades 10 to 12, so that we get enough time to understand them and advise them on their being promoted on merit.
“All full-time candidates must have been verified or granted exceptional permission by the department of basic education [to progress to matric],” Kafureka said.
He added that, in 2018, the school achieved a 100% pass rate – but only one pupil wrote matric.
When City Press arrived at Gallway, the gate was closed and phone calls to the school went unanswered.
Steve Mabona, spokesperson for the Gauteng