Grade 12 PMDP Schools results in Mpumalanga
Whilst Mpumalanga provincial results dropped by 2,3% in 2017, there was an average improvement of 1.1% in across the 320 schools that participated in the PMDP during 2016-2017. Top performing PMDP districts were Bohlabela with an improvement of 4.7% and Ehlanzeni with 4.5%.
The PMDP has now been introduced at close to 1000 schools in the Mpumalanga Province and is one of the few programs which operates at scale and at cost per school which can be sustained by the department. The program provides focused training and structured coaching around selected management practices which have a demonstrated impact on learner outcomes. Led by Performance Solutions Africa and PwC, the SACE endorsed program is moderated by the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Excellent improvements were achieved by certain schools including Keledi Senior Secondary in Casteel circuit that attained a 59.3% pass rate – an improvement of 26.0% from 33.3% in 2016. The principal Mr. Thobejane attributed the improvement largely to improved teamwork that he was able to build in the school. “I managed to achieve this after on-site coaching sessions from my PMDP Coach, Mr Malope, …. this changed my management style and I started seeing educators getting more involved. Thereafter I managed to get the SGB and parents to come on board…”.
In the Marapyane circuit (Nkangala district) the Seruane Secondary school recorded a 93.5% pass rate which was an improvement of 12.9% on the 80.6% they achieved in 2016. Mr Moepi, the principal, attributed the improvement to more motivated staff and learners. We did not increase our staff complement I just changed the way I was managing them…our target for next year is 100% pass rate.”
Gert Sibande district PMDP schools scored an impressive 5.5% average improvement on 2016 results with 60% of the schools attaining pass rates of 80% and above. Vukubone Secondary in Wakkerstroom circuit had a good story to tell with their 81% achievement which represents a 54.3% improvement on their 27% achievement in 2016.
Ehlanzeni district PMDP schools achieved a 3.4% upward movement with 39,5% attaining pass rates of 80% and above. Mbambiso Secondary from Khulangwane circuit topped the list with 98% pass rate. This represented 18.8% improvement on their 2016’s 79.2% achievement.
Reports from the department were very positive particularly around the manner in which the PMDP weaves curriculum management into the core business of the school at all levels. Mr. Mkhwanazi, Chief Director: Curriculum in the province said “We can see that the focus on management and the curriculum is critical…if you have a strong management team doing the right things and focused on the curriculum you will get good results…”