The Youngest BSc Student at University of Pretoria is Just 14 Years Old

14-year-old Hjalmar Rall‚ who starts studying for his bachelor’s degree‚ only has thoughts of science.

The boy from Riebeek Kasteel in the Western Cape will be studying towards a BSc Physics degree at the University of Pretoria (UP)‚ which he believes is the “best there is”.

Hjalmar is excited to start his new journey and cannot wait to be among his new study mates.

“I want to ask even bigger questions and find out what else there is to do‚ particularly in theoretical physics and astrophysics‚” he said.

 

The teenager‚ who was home-schooled by his father‚ Heinrich‚ started the high school curriculum three years early and was elated to pass his A-levels — the UK equivalent of matric — last year. Quoting a character from Alice in Wonderland he said it was an “oh frubjous day‚ caloo‚ calay”.

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He told TMG Digital his curiosity had always been piqued by the world of science. “Our family discussed the universe at home since I can remember. I was fortunate in that I grew up in a place where we could see the stars at night. A BSc will help me answer all the questions that were raised by staring into space.”

 

Hjalmar said that he was overwhelmed by his strong academic performance but was also excited at the prospect of moving to Pretoria with his family. When he is not hitting the books‚ Hjalmar enjoys drawing‚ photography‚ writing haikus and trawling the internet just like any other teen. “I have a passion for researching useless information‚” he added.

This whiz-kid’s mantra in life is to always enjoy what you are doing for it to not be a chore. “As long as it’s not boring‚ I do it‚” said Hjalmar.

 

Source: TMG Digital

How to Combine Subjects or Credits to Get a Matric Certificate Read more

Applying for Replacement certificate: Change of status
If you wrote matric in more than one examination sitting and you want to combine your credits to qualify for a National Certificate, i.e. Senior Certificate (SC) or National Senior Certificate (NSC), you must apply for Replacement certificate: change of status. The department does not automatically combine your credits, unless you wrote a supplementary examination.
You can apply for confirmation statement of results while waiting for the National Certificate.

What should you do?

Pay the prescribed fee by postal order at the Post Office, cash at DBE/PED office or by cheque.
Go to the nearest DBE/PED offices with the following documents:
Your results from all examination sittings
The original identity document (ID) and a certified copy.
The proof of payment
Alternatively you can download form, Replacement Certificate: Change of Status, fill it in and post it with the attached documents including the postal order to: Private Bag X895, Pretoria, 0001
How long does it take?
It takes four to six weeks for Replacement certificate: change of status. The combination statement of results is obtainable immediately.

How much does it cost?

It will cost you R80.00 for the Replacement certificate, and if you want a statement of results, it will cost you an additional R34.00. These fees are valid from 01 April 2015 until 31 March 2016.

Form to complete
Replacement Certificate: Change of Status

Who to Contact

National office:
012 357 4511/13
certification@dbe.gov.za
Eastern Cape:
043 604 7709/73
Free State:
051 404 8000
Gauteng:
011 355 0588
KwaZulu-Natal: 031 327 0538/0331
Limpopo:
015 290 7747/7830
Northern Cape:
053 839 6585
North West:
018 384 3100/51
Western Cape:
021 467 2483
Mpumalanga:
013 766 0033

Source:DOE

 

How to Improve or Upgrade Your Matric Results in 2017

Have you done matric but you got unsatisfying results? Well, no worries, you can definitely rewrite your matric subjects to either increase your respective marks or upgrade your pass level. You can do this at the high school where you had written your matric or through another institution. Even some high schools offer a post matric allowing students to redo courses in order to get an improved mark/grade.

Most private colleges offer this facility or courses which are matric equivalent. When looking for a course which is a Matric equivalent, you are looking for something which will give you an NQ (National Qualification) Level 4 qualification. Please make sure that the college you go to is a registered FET College so that the qualification you receive is valid. No-one wants to spend another year doing something only to find that it is not worth anything – what a waste of time and money and then you have to start again!.
If you want to do it at a Private FET college, check to see if they are registered.

You can also contact the South African Department of Basic Education, they should be able to provide a list of institutions whereby you can improve or upgrade your matric with more specific details.

The following are some of the institutions subject to your verification that they have been registered:

Pretoria
Tshwane North college ( former Pretoria college)
Tshwane South College (formerly known as PTA Tech) at atteridgeville
Greenwood college (church street and princess park avenue)

Johannesburg
Star schools at Braamfontein
Central Johannesburg College
Funda community college (next to bara hospital)
Oxford Combined College, Kempton Park, same street as Festival Mall
Thoko Thaba High School, Thokoza

Boksburg
Saint Antony’s
Franciscan Matric Project

East Rand
Arron Moeti @Katlehong,
Akanyang

Heidelberg
Ratanda Secondary

Ekurhuleni
Ekurhuleni west college, EWC

Western Cape
St Francis, Kwalanga
Y2k
Stone fountain collage CPT (Kenilworth)
Cape college

Durban
Matric of excellence in DUT
Futura
Mthashana FET College (Nongoma)
Zwelibanzi High School / Jojilanga. J section Umlazi

Mthatha
St John’s College

East London
Academy of business and computer studies

Port Elizabeth
Hill College
PE College – Old Iqhayiya campus
Coega. It is free but they only assist in math and science.

Lameka FET college ( eastern cape)

Limpopo

Thohoyandou
Thasululo FET College

Polokwane
Jeppe education center (corner market and grobler street)

Makidi Secondary, Sekhukhune
Sethula Secondary, Sekhukhune

Mafikeng
Mmabatho High School

Qwaqwa
Maluti FET
Motheo fet college (Bloemfontein)

Other Areas

Star school VUT or WITS
Boston city campus
TUT

 

 

Matric Re-Write Programme

If you do not qualify for a particular department at a university institution because your matric marks are too low, there are a number of bridging courses that institutions offer to allow someone into a particular field.

 

You can also contact the South African Department of Basic Education, they should be able to provide a list of institutions whereby you can improve or upgrade your matric with more specific details.

The following are some of the institutions subject to your verification that they have been registered:

Pretoria
Tshwane North college ( former Pretoria college)
Tshwane South College (formerly known as PTA Tech) at atteridgeville
Greenwood college (church street and princess park avenue)

Johannesburg
Star schools at Braamfontein
Central Johannesburg College
Funda community college (next to bara hospital)
Oxford Combined College, Kempton Park, same street as Festival Mall
Thoko Thaba High School, Thokoza

Boksburg
Saint Antony’s
Franciscan Matric Project

East Rand
Arron Moeti @Katlehong,
Akanyang

Heidelberg
Ratanda Secondary

Ekurhuleni
Ekurhuleni west college, EWC

Western Cape
St Francis, Kwalanga
Y2k
Stone fountain collage CPT (Kenilworth)
Cape college

Durban
Matric of excellence in DUT
Futura
Mthashana FET College (Nongoma)
Zwelibanzi High School / Jojilanga. J section Umlazi

Mthatha
St John’s College

East London
Academy of business and computer studies

Port Elizabeth
Hill College
PE College – Old Iqhayiya campus
Coega. It is free but they only assist in math and science.

Lameka FET college ( eastern cape)

Limpopo

Thohoyandou
Thasululo FET College

Polokwane
Jeppe education center (corner market and grobler street)

Makidi Secondary, Sekhukhune
Sethula Secondary, Sekhukhune

Mafikeng
Mmabatho High School

Qwaqwa
Maluti FET
Motheo fet college (Bloemfontein)

Other Areas

Star school VUT or WITS
Boston city campus
TUT

Matric Results Announcement: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is due to reveal the highly anticipated national matric pass rate for the class of 2016 on Wednesday and her department says it has every confidence in the independently checked results.

Over 800,000 pupils sat for the exams across the country.

The class of 2015 achieved a 70.7% pass rate, a 5% drop from the previous year.

The wait is almost over for the class of 2016 as the country will learn later today how the matrics have performed.

Last year saw the Western Cape come up tops and they were closely followed by Gauteng.

The three worst performing provinces were Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

While the national pass rate will be made public on Wednesday, individual results will be released on Thursday.

The department says that results for two schools implicated in a mathematics exam paper leaks scandal in Limpopo will be withheld, pending the outcome of an investigation.

QUESTIONS RAISED OVER UMALUSI’S METHODOLOGY

With the matric pass rate for government schools due to be announced today, questions were raised about quality assurance body Umalusi’s methodology for adjusting the 2016 marks.

The Democratic Alliance (DA)’s Shadow Minister for Education Gavin Davis has written to Umalusi questioning why marks have been adjusted for 32 subjects compared to 29 in the previous year.

Davis is concerned that the standardisation process may lead to an artificial inflation of the pass rate.

“And the problem is that Umalusi hasn’t presented any evidence that the exam paper was more difficult and this happened in 28 subjects.

“So I’m simply asking for the evidence of whether or not those papers were more difficult to warrant such major adjustment.”

But Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has defended the process, saying the correct processes were followed.

“Mr Davis lacks understanding and needs to receive a basic course from the notion of standardisation and education.

“And the rationale for it is very important because it allows us to balance the gaps and it also allows us to manage the quality of education and Umalusi is an independent body.”

Source:EWN

Matric Results to Be Withheld for Two Schools in Limpopo

Basic education department spokesman Elijah Mhlanga confirmed that the pupils would not receive their results along with the rest of the Class of 2016.

“The regulations require that we withhold the results pending the outcome of an investigation‚” said Mhlanga.

In November‚ the Maths Paper II exam was leaked on a WhatsApp group. A 52-year-old man handed himself over to police and has been charged.

But apart from these two schools‚ Mhlanga said that everything was in order for the release of the marks on Thursday. The Sunday Times reported that the overall pass rate was expected to increase marginally‚ by about 1.9 percentage points.

“We have done everything that we needed to do and it’s all systems go‚” said Mhlanga.

The only thing that remains is to have their results statements printed.

Mhlanga said that there were some issues in each of the provinces‚ but the department was nonetheless confident in the performance of the matric cohort.

“Limpopo had Vuwani to deal with‚ the Eastern Cape had to work on recovering from last year’s decline‚ KwaZulu-Natal is the biggest in terms of enrolment in Grade 12 and they also needed to work hard to recover from the steep decline last year. The Northern Cape is the smallest and they have had to improve results given the fact that theirs is a small province which can be managed better‚” he said.

Source: Timeslive

Ways to Get Matric Results in 2017

Where can we get the results?

Still waiting for your matric results? You can get easy access to them via a number of different options:

1. News24

You can get your results on News24’s Matric Results website: http://matricresults.news24.com/. Register now to receive an SMS the moment the results are released.

2. School 

Schools will post results early. (Call first to make sure they’re there). This is the most fun as classmates can gather round and commiserate or celebrate together.

3. Newspapers

The results will be published in all major national newspapers. You’ll need to know your exam number, which will be used instead of your name.

4. Send a SMS

For state schools:

Register via SMS by sending your identity number followed by your exam number to 35658. After your registration has been successful you will receive your results. SMS’s cost R1.

For IEB results:

If you have already provided the IEB with your cell phone number, your results will automatically be sent to that number. You had to register before 20 December so if you haven’t yet, find the results online.

5. IEB and DoBE websites

Remember that your teen will need their exam number and bear in mind that website traffic will be high, so expect delayed response times.

6. Use the USSD service

Use the USSD service by dialling *120*35658#. After answering multiple questions, you are required to enter your ID number, after which you’ll receive your results per subject on the day. You will have the option to opt in or out to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act. USSD rates apply.

Source: Parent24