Nom­bulelo, Khut­liso fi­nally turn a cor­ner

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By LOYISO DYONGMAN

Nom­bulelo Se­condary School prin­ci­pal Nicci Hayes praised the matric class of 2016 and says they have im­proved on the 2015 matric av­er­age.

It was all smiles from the kids, par­ents and teach­ers at the school yes­ter­day dur­ing the hand­ing out of results.

Hayes said the school’s 56.96% pass rate was a 4% im­prove­ment on last year’s 53% pass. “It’s not a mas­sive im­prove­ment, but it shows we are slightly turn­ing the cor­ner,” Hayes said.

The prin­ci­pal praised 18-year-old Thandiwe Stu­ur­man, the school’s top learner in the class of 2016.

Stu­ur­man, from Fingo Vil­lage, re­ceived 81% in isiXhosa, 73% in English, 77% in Life Ori­en­ta­tion, 72% in busi­ness Stud­ies, 66% in Eco­nomics, 69% in Ac­count­ing and 43% in Maths.

This year she is go­ing to do a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion De­gree at Rhodes Uni­ver­sity.

Talk­ing to Gro­cott’s Mail af­ter re­ceiv­ing her results, Stu­ur­man gave credit to all her teach­ers and es­pe­cially her prin­ci­pal.

“I re­mem­ber when we used to have no eco­nomics teacher here at school – but when Ms Hayes ar­rived she or­gan­ised things and stu­dents from Rhodes Uni­ver­sity came to help us out with the sub­ject.

“Ikamva Youth also as­sisted us a lot and I want to thank them. I would like to en­cour­age even those who didn’t make it not to give up,” Stu­ur­man said. “They should in­stead work hard and re­turn to school and rec­tify their mis­takes.”

Khut­liso Daniels Se­nior Se­condary School also im­proved dra­mat­i­cally, with a 50 per­cent pass rate com­pared to 2015’s dev­as­tat­ing 23% pass.

When Gro­cott’s Mail ar­rived at the school, it was quiet, but Deputy Prin­ci­pal Them­bile Sandi and other staff mem­bers were there to as­sist pupils and par­ents com­ing in to col­lect results.

“This is a huge im­prove­ment. We have im­proved by 27 per­cent and we re­ceived three Bach­e­lor passes on top of that,” said Sandi.

Mean­while, at TEM Mr­wetyana it was a dif­fer­ent story.

When Gro­cott’s Mail ar­rived at the school the gate was locked. A car parked out­side the school yard was re­port­edly that of one of the teach­ers hand­ing out to pupils their state­ments of results.

Around 10 pupils were there to col­lect their results. One pupil, who wanted to re­main anony­mous, had failed and said he was not sure what to do this year.

Photo: Loyiso Dyongman

Re­turned ini­ti­ates, at Nom­bulelo Se­condary School col­lect their results state­ments yes­ter­day. They were de­lighted to find they had passed matric.

Photo: Loyiso Dyongman

Nom­bulelo Se­condary School prin­ci­pal Nicci Hayes con­grat­u­lates their top learner, Thandiwe Stu­ur­man.

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