We run two types of community projects aligned with our vision – “Project Jika” and “Pass Rate Challenge”
Project Jika, ‘jika’ meaning ‘change’, involves funding a school with our study guides for Grades 10 to 12. This intervention has brought about incredible shifts in participating schools’ overall pass rates.
We, The Answer Series, initiated our first ‘Jikas’ in 2010 and 2011:
In conjunction with the provincial DOEs, we identified two rural under-performing schools to be a part of this initiative. We donated FET (Grade 10 to 12) study guides to these two schools on an annual basis for 3 years.
By 2012 their matric pass rates had rocketed to 84% and 97%, well above the national pass-rate average of 75%.
The success of our intervention in helping these two schools speaks for itself.
See the dramatic results illustrated below…
Matric pass rates at Reuben Ntuli Secondary School BEFORE and AFTER The ANSWER Series 'Jika'
Matric pass rates at Shayandima Secondary School BEFORE and AFTER The ANSWER Series 'Jika'
During the FET curriculum transition (2012 to 2014) we focussed on filling our stable with correct and up-to-date material. We started our current Jika using our CAPS study guides in 2015 with Dikwena Senior Secondary School in the Free State. They have received our study guides across the majority of subjects for their Grade 10s, 11s and 12s. We look forward to witnessing success with this first Jika for the ‘new’ CAPS curriculum, as we did with the Jika initiatives for the ‘old’ NCS curriculum.
“Pass Rate Challenge”
The Pass Rate Challenge – www.passratechallenge.co.za – was launched as a crowd-funding campaign in 2015. The aim of this project was to supply Grade 9 Mathematics study guides to as many learners in the country as possible with the specific focus of improving the national average Mathematics mark of South Africa’s Grade 9s, which was 10,8 % in 2014.
(Only 3% of these learners achieved more than 50 % in the national Grade 9 Mathematics exam.)
Sponsored by donors, over 4 000 Grade 9 Mathematics study guides were supplied and delivered to participating under-performing schools with the aim of improving their pass rates in Mathematics, and the quality of their Grade 9 Maths results.
Here are some of the results achieved at the end of 2015 by these schools, despite most learners only receiving their books after the middle of 2015. The pie charts show some significant increases in pass rates and the bar graphs show an improvement in the quality of passes, i.e. fewer non-achievers (0% – 29%) and a wider spread of results (including an increase in the number of learners achieving over 60%).
Pass Rate Challenge results from our top 3 most-improved schools
Khothatso Intermediate School
Khothatso experienced a Mathematics pass rate increase from 22% to 59% from its Grade 8: 2014 results to its Grade 9: 2015 results, i.e. the same cohort of learners.
Albert Myburgh Senior Secondary School
Albert Myburgh experienced a Mathematics Pass Rate increase from 35% to 63% from it's Grade 8: 2014 results to it's Grade 9: 2015 results, i.e. the same cohort of learners.
Diazville Senior Secondary School
Diazville experienced a Grade 9 Mathematics Pass Rate increase from 22% to 54% from it's Grade 9: 2014 results to it's Grade 9: 2015 results, i.e. successive cohorts of learners.