THE National Craft Certificate (NCC) results at Madirelo Training and Testing Centre (MTTC) deteriorated by 10% in 2004, compared to the 2003 results.
According to Godiramodimo Kalaote from the exams unit, the decline is a result of poor performance in the practical exams by apprentices. Kalaote said they have experienced major problems with construction students. The institution depends on local construction companies, which depend on projects to survive. If there are no projects then students don't get a chance of doing anything. "We usually give students nine months to go on training and yet the company will be without projects for the whole year, that means the student will not gain any experience," he said. However, Kalaote said they have started mobilising companies on apprenticeship. "We are trying to teach them about the requirements of apprenticeship."
Out of 958 students who sat for NCC only 579 passed and 379 failed. This represents a 60% pass rate. The results show that 826 apprentices passed technical theory, 154 failed, 728 passed technical mathematics, 260 failed, 750 passed technical drawing, 236 failed, 759 passed associated studies, 216 failed and 671 passed the practical exam while 281 failed.