Star Schools is delighted to announce a 99% pass rate by learners on the 2018 Incubator Programme. Additionally, an impressive 83% of the 688 learners on the programme achieved a bachelor pass, while no fewer than 214 distinctions were achieved in English, mathematics, physical sciences and life sciences.
“We are thrilled with these results,” says national operations manager Andrea Pratten. “The pass rate for the Incubator Programme has been consistently high for the last seven years – averaging around 99% – and is once again well above this year’s national pass rate of 78.2%.”
In addition to the high number of bachelor passes (570 in total), 13% or 89 learners achieved a diploma pass. “This means that no fewer than 659 learners qualified to study at a tertiary institution, which is more than the 616 who qualified in 2017,” Andrea declares.
The pass rate per subject was also high, she adds. “A 100% pass rate was achieved in English and life sciences, while 98% and 99% was achieved in mathematics and physical sciences, respectively. It is also worth noting that 91 learners obtained a distinction in English, 91 in physical sciences, 70 in mathematics and 12 in life sciences.”
The Star Schools Incubator Programme enables organisations to use their corporate social investment funds to sponsor selected learners at under-resourced schools in the communities in which they operate. The learners are exposed to high-quality educational materials and instruction in English, mathematics, physical sciences and life sciences, thus enabling them to pass their examinations at levels with which they can further their education at a tertiary institution.
“The Incubator programme is specifically designed to interrogate foundational gaps in the subjects addressed, plug these and take learners on an academic journey which provides them with the knowledge and skills needed to cross the bridge from basics to cognitively demanding content,” Andrea explains. “Besides exposing the learners to high-quality educational materials and tuition, career guidance instruction is also provided.”
“Thanks to the support provided by our sponsors, the Incubator class of 2018 has moved one step closer to achieving their dreams,” Andrea concludes.
Smangaliso Simelane of Kiriyatswane Secondary School achieved 100% in physical sciences on the Star Schools Incubator Programme.