Nine Tenths is a mentoring programme geared towards equipping matric students in selected local schools to cope with their final year of school and to pass to their full potential. Pupils are given one-on-one attention from a Rhodes University student through nine guided and structured contact sessions.

Mentors are trained through the rigours of an accredited NQF5 short course. In 2019, we awarded awarding 90 mentor short course certificates. This qualification demands high levels of commitment: over 100 hours of work! This is the most we’ve awarded in any year and a testament to the dedication to the programme and loyalty to reviving Grahamstown/Makhanda’s schooling.

Despite some of the negative press about our city’s matric pass rate, we would like to take a moment to highlight some successes of this matric cohort. 32 Nine-Tenths learners have been accepted to Rhodes, a further 21 are enrolled in Rhodes bridging courses. This makes for 72% of the Nine Tenths cohort receiving a strong Matric pass (with either a bachelor or diploma level pass) that allow them into meaningful post-school opportunities.

2020 marks a special year in the life of the programme. We have expanded the programme to a fourth school, Khutliso Daniels. This means we now function in 4 of the 6 non-fee paying schools in Makhanda. 2020 also marks the year that our very first mentee cohort (of 2016) will be graduating!

Onwards and upwards for Nine Tenths!

Last Modified: Wed, 10 Feb 2021 09:54:00 SAST