Note: This section provides background on tracking and reporting academic achievement. Read the Impact H ow-To for the step-by-step outline on how to do this.
Matric results are fraught with controversy and aren't necessarily the most accurate, fair or true reflection of learners' academic abilities. Nevertheless, they are a key indicator of IkamvaYouth's success because they have such important implications for the kinds of post-school opportunities that learners can access.
School-based assessment is even trickier, given the varying standards, processes and timings at the different schools with which we work. However, most schools produce reports for learners every term. Many are late in disseminating reports, and often they'll only be ready at the beginning of the following term. Some schools only produce reports every second term. Others don't give reports to learners if they haven't paid school fees, although this is illegal.
A seven-point rating scale is used to rate assessment as well as to record performance:
The following levels must be met as a minimum requirement to proceed to the next grade:
Home Language: Level 3 (minimum 40%)
First Additional Language: Level 2 (minimum 30%)
Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy: Level 2 (minimum 30%)
Life Orientation: Level 3 (minimum 40%)
2 Subjects (Electives): Level 3 (minimum 40%)
Remaining Subject (Elective): Level 2 (minimum 30%)