North West University Produces Outstanding Pass Rate During Pandemic


Even through a whole pandemic that's taking over the world, North West University students have managed to still produce impressive results in it's first semester along with a very high pass rate close to 90%. NWU is committed to improving it's quality of teaching and learning.

North West University (NWU) students have produced a pass rate of 88.5% all while going through a pandemic that has completely flipped all of our lives. The University's active registration rate has also been high. 

On top of it all, both of those factors are significantly higher than they were in 2019. This shows that less students were not participating and less failures were seen. Last year's pass rate sat at 85.9%, showing a growth of 2.6%.

NWU’s registered pass rate which is the number of students who passed modules compared to all students registered for a specific module is 88% which is said to be almost 5% higher than in 2019.

These excellent results are said to be due to hard work, creativity and perseverance even while Covid-19 has severely impacted the way Higher Education is being experienced in the country. NWU is committed to improving it's quality of teaching and learning and said to have laid the foundation to these results in 2019.

NWU said that they have placed further emphasis on the high quality of assessment approaches for its courses, modules and programmes that have been assessed and approved by the South African Qualification Authority.

The difference in numbers between students who registered for a module and those who actually participated in it has also dropped in all of their faculties. Along with this, the dropout rate has also not increased since last year which was 10.78%. 

The vice-chancellor and principal of NWU, Professor Dan Kgwadi, has said that the time and efforts invested by NWU academics to teach with passion and diligence are paying off and that "the staff of the NWU are continuously striving to provide the best possible student learning experience and to prepare students to be ready for challenges in any sector".

NWU has also provided students with support such supplemental instruction, mentoring, academic literacy, reading and writing programmes, eFundi support programmes, career centre initiatives, ongoing and continuously improving library and information services support, and multilingual support initiatives from the language directorate.

Kgwadi has said, "We look forward to welcoming more students back on our campuses. We are satisfied that the measures that we have put in place to manage the spread of the coronavirus have been recognised as sufficient and have ensured that we are one of the universities deemed to pose a low risk."

Students who choose to still do online learning will still receive support as well. 

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