EXECUTIVE SUMMARY EY EFFICACY STUDY OF CHRISTEL HOUSE SOUTH AFRICA (“CHSA”) MARCH 2015 CHSA retained EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young) to examine the efficacy of its education model. The following findings show that CHSA has a significant effect on academic results:
3rd grade Mathematics pass rate-WCED* Systemic test 9th grade Language pass rate-WCED Systemic test ANA** 6th grade mathematics pass rate ANA 6th grade Language pass rate National Senior Certificate (“NSC”) pass rate NSC Bachelor pass rate (required for university) Tertiary institution enrollment Tertiary institution dropout rate
Western Cape Provincial
Independent (private) schools
73% 66% 78% 98% 64% 40% 31%
15% 51% 65% 83% 39% X X
X 43% 63% 76% 28% 16% 50%
X 52% 42% 93% 85% X X
Nationally, 51% of South African (SA) students drop out of school before reaching Grade 12. CHSA’s cumulative dropout rate is 6% over the span of six graduating classes from 2009 to 2014.
SA teacher absenteeism is 10-12% per year. Teachers in the bottom 60% of schools are absent twice as often as teachers in the top 20%. Teacher absenteeism at CHSA is 2% in the primary school and 1% in the high school.
After high school, CHSA graduates continue to receive services for up to 5 years through the Christel House College & Careers program, which helps students transition into tertiary studies and employment. 95% of CHSA Graduates are either working or studying. It is anticipated that most Christel House students, if not currently gainfully employed, will secure employment when studies are completed. In contrast, 48% of all 15-24 year olds in Western Cape Province, where CHSA is located, are out of work. *Western Cape Education District
**Annual National Assessment
X – Data not available