PROTEC branches even exceeded the national IEB pass rate of 98,3 %.
PROTEC is a national non-profit technological career development programme for senior school students from disadvantaged communities, which runs in conjunction with provincial education departments and with the invaluable support of private sector funders.
“The Class of 2016’s 100 % pass rate, of which over 80% of pupils are eligible for a Bachelors programme at university, is even more impressive than last year’s 96,9 % pass rate,” says Balan Moodley, CEO of PROTEC. “In addition to eight permanent branches, PROTEC also runs many short term projects in various communities. The combined overall result of the branches plus projects, resulted in 470 learners achieving a 96 % pass rate and 70,9 % bachelor pass.
“Impeccable results are achieved by our learners under the guidance of our dedicated tutors - not only because of their consistently hard work during a normal school week, but they also sacrifice Saturdays and holidays to learn.
“Learners are selected for this programme for their aptitude in Mathematics and Physical Science - critical subjects that provide career opportunities in fields where there is currently a worrying skills shortage. Our pupils achieved a total of 418 distinctions in 2016, of which there were 53 in Science, 35 in Mathematics and 30 in English.
“As part of South Africa’s commitment to improving the quality of basic education, we are also heartened that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) pass rate has improved from 70% in 2015 to 72,5% in 2016, with the percentage of learners achieving a Bachelor pass increasing from 25,8% last year to 26,6% in 2016.”
PROTEC’s programme in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) begins in Grade 10 and continues through tertiary education and provides support in the early years of the work place.
PROTEC pupils not only benefit from academic support, social skills training and career counselling, they are given the opportunity to enjoy work experience and also receive assistance in securing bursaries for further studies.
PROTEC’s Post School Programme (PSP) addresses the need for holistic support and mentorship to ease the transition between Matric and higher education institutions, thus reducing the ‘drop out’ rate during their first year of post-school study.
Other developments at PROTEC include an alumni programme, the support of new private sector funders and a revised legal structure that assists in securing international funding. PROTEC also provides school materials, including stationery and scientific calculators, to help learners cope with difficult financial circumstances.
PROTEC is registered as an educational fund in terms of Section 18A (3) of the Income Tax Act of 1962. (reg. 18/9/2/11/262) and as a non-profit organisation in terms of the Non Profit Organisation act of 1997 (reg. 0001-335-NPO) All grants and donations are tax exempt.
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PROTEC Nelspruit Busisiwe Sibiya is one of the Top 10 2016 Matriculants in Mpumulanga. Her outstanding matric results include 99 % for Physical Science and 93 % for Mathematics. Busi plans to study Actuarial Science at Wits.
PROTEC Tongaat Sinethemba Dlamini (pictured at home with her mother) achieved five distinctions, including 94% for Maths and 97% for Physical Science. She has been awarded a bursary by SASOL to study BSc Chemical Engineering at UKZN.
PROTEC Umkomaas Dhiveshan Naicker from PROTEC Umkomaas is the proud recipient of seven distinctions for Matric. His ambition is to become a doctor.
Released by Lindy Morton, Festivitas 083 268 6666 firstname.lastname@example.org January 2017