Axium’s Ekukhuleni programme offers Maths, Science and English support to 30 matric learners selected from 6 Senior Secondary Schools in the area. Support is provided through a combination of extra tuition (on Saturdays and during holiday ‘boot camps’) and study group support. Here’s how the 2015 matric group did, and what our trajectory looks like so far…
Axium aims to consistently improve Ekukhuleni student performance and tertiary placement, eventually hitting our target of a 100% Bachelor pass rate (with Maths and Science), with all 30 matric students moving on to tertiary education. During 2015 we continued to make good progress towards achieving this aim. On a number of measures (see table below) our Ekukhuleni Class of 2015 is the best yet, and this is against a backdrop of the pass rate in the Eastern Cape dropping by 11%. Despite these encouraging signs, we remain some way from achieving our ultimate goals for the programme.
|# of Ekukhuleni Grade 12 students||26||23||28||30
|# of M&S Bachelor’s passes (%)||4 (15%)||12 (52)||14 (50)||17 (57)||100 %|
|# of passes (%)||16 (61%)||21 (91)||22 (79)||25 (83)||100 %|
|# of students with maths, physical science and English above 50 % (%)||–||9 (39)||8 (29)||12 (40)
|# accessed tertiary (%)||6 (23%)||12 (52)||20 (71)||14(47)||100 %|
|# Tertiary ‘Full Ride’** (%)||2 (8%)||3 (13)||7 (25)||5 (17)||75 %|
|% M&S Bachelor’s passes of ALL students at our partner schools||1%||2%||3%||TBC||5%/yr increase|
**Fully funded bursary/scholarship
Given improved matric results in 2015 we were naturally disappointed with our tertiary placement rate. There were three contributing factors: Two universities ‘lost’ applications for students; TSiBA radically reduced the number of Axium students accepted from 10 in 2015 to 1 in 2016; and Umthombo did not have funds to sponsor Health Science students. Tertiary education access continues to be a challenging hurdle for learners to jump, despite their beating the odds to finish with a Bachelor pass.
The class of 2015 delivered some excellent results! Some standout students are Mbuyekezi Ntleki, who achieved five distinctions, including 99% for maths, and has been awarded a full scholarship to study Actuarial Science at UCT. Yanga Blayi, who was placed second in the regional English public speaking contest in 2015, also achieved five distinctions and is on a REAP bursary studying medicine at Wits.