MUT shared the excitement of the good grade 12 results by visiting local schools that did well. This is part of the University’s effort to strengthen its relationship with schools in the province. Mbali Mkhize, Senior Director, Department of Marketing and Communications (MarComms), said they wanted to snatch the good performing learners. “Such learners will boost the student profile of the University. Also, MUT is a partner in education; we would like to have a positive influence upon the education system. We believe this is the best way to recognise the excellent work done by the teachers,” said Mbali.
The results also reflected the University’s Department of Mathematical Sciences’ role in improving the level of Maths at the local high schools. Some of these schools had a marked improvement in their results. The department has been conducting Maths workshops for the teachers since 2012.
The surprise package for this year was Sibusisiwe Comprehensive School, in Umbumbulu, in KwaZulu-Natal, which obtained 97% pass. The Principal of the school, Sipho Khomo, put this to a strategy. They have classes for grade 12 learners throughout the year, and have added more hours for study. The school’s typical day is 12 hours. Once again, Menzi High School in Umlazi obtained 100% pass rate. The results in the province improved from 60.7% in 2015, to 66.7%.