In another stellar performance from Curro Holdings, the JSE-listed independent education provider, its matric learners have come up trumps once again, recording an exceptional 99% pass rate for the 2021 academic year. The achievement is based on the performance of 1774 learners across the group of 31 Curro campuses nationwide who wrote the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) exams in 2021.
Among them are two learners who are on the IEB's Outstanding Achiever's list: Michaela Noelle van der Waag from Curro Langebaan and Megan van der Walt from Woodhill College. These two learners achieved within the top 5% in 6 or more subjects and scored a rating level of 7 in Life Orientation, while Kenzo Sandenbergh from Grantleigh received recognition as part of the IEB's Commendable Achievements. She achieved within the top 5% in 5 subjects and similarly scored a rating level of 7 in Life Orientation.
Some Curro learners performed exceptionally in specific subjects. Two learners each achieved 100% in specific subjects. Elizabeth Montgomery from Curro Hermanus obtained 100% in Engineering, Graphics and Design, and Lana de Waal from Curro Langebaan obtained 100% for Mathematics.
Curro's exceptional pass rate grants its learners access to tertiary education providers to study towards degrees, diplomas, or any other course of their choice.
Curro's academic faculty is extremely proud of its learners' results, noting the challenging conditions that they have continued to have to work within since the start of the pandemic, which remain disruptive.
"For our 2021 matrics, it is the second year in which they have experienced disruptions to their studies and the results shows the calibre of these learners. One must not forget the journey a learner takes to get to Grade 11 and 12; the 2021 Class endured extreme disruptions, with most learning having taken place at home. Curro's swift transition to virtual learning enabled learners to mitigate the effects of the pandemic significantly, but still required them to adjust and adapt especially as they may have lost family members or had challenges at home.
"We commend our learners who have proven that they have talent and the acumen to produce remarkable results, despite circumstances beyond their control," says Andries Greyling, Curro Holdings CEO.
The majority of Curro's learners (70%) achieved a minimum of a C-average and 191 learners achieved an A average (an improvement from 2020), which demonstrates the learners' prowess when it comes to their studies, and commitment to success.
"We are extremely proud of our Class of 2021 matriculants. They have shown what can be achieved through hard work and dedication, and we wish each one of them well as they start their career journey by means of further tertiary studies or work opportunities," concludes Greyling.