KST congratulates the Fezile Dabi District Grade 12 Class of 2018 for their remarkable achievement in the 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. They achieved 92.3% pass mark; an improvement of 2.1% from 90.2% in 2017; placing the district as the top performing district nationally for the second consecutive year. The Free State Province attained a 87.5% pass mark; an increase of 1.4% from 86.1% in 2017, placing the province at the number two spot nationally. KST, in partnership with the Free State Department of Education (FSDoE) has been implementing the District Whole School Development (DWSD) model in selected Quintiles 1 to 3 primary and secondary schools in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts for the past five years.
On Saturday 19 January 2019, the Fezile Dabi FSDoE hosted its “Well-done function” at Kahobotjah Secondary School in Sasolburg. The aim of the function was to acknowledge and celebrate, through award categories, the hard work and contribution made by the district’s officials who include the District Director, Subject Advisors, Circuit Managers, Principals and Educators.
Of the 59 schools in the district that wrote the 2018 NSC examinations, nine attained a 100% pass mark, 32 attained between 90% – 99 %, 14 attained between 80% – 89 % and four attainted between 60% and 79%. The district attained an overall 40.1% bachelor passes, whilst 36.9% was attained for Diplomas and 15.3% for Higher Certificates. These results are a bare testament that the DWSD model is indeed successful and sustainable. At this function KST also introduced the KST Revolving Trophy Award as a token of appreciation to the best performing district in the Free State Province.
“In 2009, I had made a promise and commitment that we would turn around the district performance and propel Fezile Dabi to be the top performing district in the province; and the country, I had a lot of critics who were very sceptical that we would not be able to achieve this milestone; and we did it not only once, but twice and we will continue to grow and sustain these good results. I would also like to congratulate my fellow District Directors in the other four districts for their hard work, as a collective all five Free State Province districts are all performing above 80%,” said Dr V Chuta, Fezile Dabi District Director.
Firmly embedded in its Sustainability Strategy, the main objective of KST’s DWSD model is to ensure sustainable learner outcomes and school functionality beyond KST’s intervention. “This outcome draws its foundation from the theory of change which states that “If the educator is capacitated through professional development and training, and the school environment is improved through investing in infrastructure, curriculum development and leadership support. And the district office is strengthened to better support the schooling system, then we can expect to see significant and sustainable improvement in learner performance”, said Themba Mola, Chief Executive Officer of KST.
Delivering his keynote address at the Fezile Dabi Well-Done function, the Free State Department of Education MEC Dr PHI Makgoe said “We are proud that our partnership with KST works so well that it produces these sterling results; and continues to prove that with public-private partnerships, rural learners can also be beneficiaries of decent and quality education.”