Western Cape Education Department

National Senior Certificate 2011 Awards
School Awards- criteria

The Western Cape government's overarching education goal is to increase the number of children receiving a quality education. This is particularly important in a province where large numbers of learners drop out from grades 10 to 12. This goal, of increased numbers of children in receiving quality education, informs the selection of the schools we celebrate and reward today.

There are two categories of school awards.

Category 1: Excellent quality

The first awards go 20 schools that provided excellent quality education as reflected in the NSC results of 2011. In this category the following criteria were used to determine the 20 schools offering excellent quality education in the Western Cape:

  1. the pass rate in the 2011 NSC (10% weighting)

  2. the endorsement rate (60% weighting)

  3. the ratio of passes in mathematics in relation to the number of grade 12 candidates at the school (30% weighting)

Only schools that maintained the number of learners in grade 12 were considered for this category.

Category 2: Increased numbers of learners passing the NSC

In this category 20 schools are recognised and rewarded. The first ten are for those schools that over the three year period, 2009 to 2011, showed the greatest increase in the numbers of learners passing the NSC. The second ten schools are those schools which showed the greatest increase in the number of learners achieving a pass allowing access to Bachelor's study.

Awards are also made to schools that produced the highest number of passes in each of the following subjects: Mathematics, Physical Science, Accounting, Afrikaans Home Language, Xhosa Home Language and English Home Language.

Finally awards are made to schools with the greatest increase in the number of learners passing the following subjects: Mathematics, Physical Science, Accounting, Afrikaans Home Language, Xhosa Home Language and English Home Language.


2012 Western Cape Education Department