Drama and joy

Top achieve­ments make Chris Hani district proud

The Rep - - FRONT PAGE - ANDISA BONANI, SIMTEMBILE MGIDI, SONJA RAASCH, PILANATHI RASMENI, CHUX FOURIS and ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

THE ma­tric ex­ams were marked by lit­tle drama and some top achieve­ments in the Chris Hani district in 2017. Listed among the top-50 per­form­ing schools in the East­ern Cape were, both with 100% pass rates, Queen­stown Girls’ High School (22nd) and Tarka High School (28th). Queen’s Col­lege was 48th, with a 98.7% pass rate.

It was the 26th con­sec­u­tive 100% pass for GHS which also boasted the top pupil in the Chris Hani West district in Mikayla Boy, who achieved seven dis­tinc­tions. The 101 pupils achieved 200 sub­ject As and boasted 14 A ag­gre­gates.

Newly ap­pointed prin­ci­pal Theo Anaxago­ras said, “I am de­lighted and wish to pay full credit to the peo­ple who have been func­tion­ing here over the past few years. Par­ents and oth­ers have told me that the staff and man­age­ment have been su­perb and have put mech­a­nisms in place for the girls to per­form op­ti­mally.”

There were also 88 bach­e­lor passes and 12 diploma passes.

Ki­ran Jomon of Queen’s Col­lege was sec­ond in the district and eight pupils ob­tained A ag­gre­gates.

The Chris Hani West district – which in­cludes schools in Ko­mani, Ca­cadu and Tarkas­tad, im­proved its pass rate from 62.1% to 67.9% while the Chris Hani East district – which in­volves schools in the Cofimv­aba and Tsomo ar­eas – im­proved from 52.8% to 61.8%.

All 17 pupils at Isi­vi­vane Se­nior Sec­ondary School in Ca­cadu failed, mak­ing it the sec­ond-worst per­form­ing school in the prov­ince. The de­part­ment has in­di­cated that it will be in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Bule­lani Se­nior Sec­ondary School prin­ci­pal Son­wabo Silo was in a ju­bi­lant mood af­ter cel­e­brat­ing a mas­sive in­crease of 14% from a 66% pass rate last year to 82%. The school also recorded 67 bach­e­lor passes.

Silo at­trib­uted the im­proved re­sults to hard­work­ing staff, parental sup­port and as­sis­tance from the ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment.

He said JENN, a Bloem­fontein-based pro­gramme which as­sisted with cater­ing and stipends to teach­ers and pupils to make ex­tra classes over week­ends and af­ter­noons pos­si­ble, had also made a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion, as did the turn­around strat­egy de­cided upon by the school at the start of last year. Silo praised the school’s SGB for

their con­sis­tent sup­port.

He said the school, housed in the for­mer Ikhala premises in Ez­i­be­leni, was ex­cited about the long-awaited con­struc­tion of its new build­ing which was cur­rently un­der way.

It was an­tic­i­pated that the staff and pupils of Bule­lani would move into the new school in 2019.

At Hoërskool Hangk­lip, the ma­tric class of 2017 ob­tained a 96.8% pass rate. The top achiever, Courinn Pre­to­rius, had an av­er­age of 86.3%, followed by Kayme du Preez (85.7%). Four pupils achieved A ag­gre­gates and there were 16 B av­er­ages with 60 A sym­bols.

At Hexagon High School, a 94.7% pass rate was com­mended by prin­ci­pal Mal­colm Len­toor who praised the teach­ers and pupils for their hard work and the SGB and par­ents for their sup­port.

He said peer group teach­ing and coun­selling had as­sisted the matrics as they faced the tough chal­lenges. The school ob­tained 59 bach­e­lor passes.

The pass rate at Royal Academy dropped from 73.7% to 62.9% in 2017 while Maria Louw High School showed a slight drop from 85.9% in 2016 to 84.6% last year.

The pass rate at Get Ahead in­creased from 82.3% to 90.3% with Ma­ri­ette Visser of the school say­ing the school was proud of the achieve­ment.

Top achiev­ers were Liso Bekebu with four dis­tinc­tions and For­tu­nate Moyo with three. The school ob­tained 30 dis­tinc­tions over­all.

John Noah High School prin­ci­pal Samkelo Maka was not happy with the school’s 45% pass rate – an im­prove­ment on last year’s 26.4% – which fell short of the school’s 70% tar­get.

Maka said the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment’s pol­icy of pro­gress­ing pupils when they had not passed af­fected the stan­dard of ma­tric­u­lants.

The school had 60 pupils but only 27 passed. Out of the 27, five passed with a bach­e­lor pass, 12 with a diploma and 10 with a higher cer­tifi­cate. A to­tal of 21 pupils qual­i­fied to write sup­ple­men­tary ex­ams.

KwaKo­mani Com­pre­hen­sive School prin­ci­pal Co­zoma Tyalimpi at­trib­uted the 9.2% pass rate drop – from 73.9% to 64.75% – to var­i­ous in­ter­nal fac­tors.

Teach­ers and pupils would do ev­ery­thing in their power to im­prove the re­sults this year.

“The school had so much go­ing on in the past year, such as los­ing a prin­ci­pal and re­de­ploy­ment which caused un­cer­tainty among staff. All this af­fected the per­for­mance of staff and pupils and it shows in the re­sults.

“We are al­ready draft­ing a turn­around strat­egy that will help us im­prove this year. We will have on­go­ing morn­ing and week­end classes.”

The school achieved 38 dis­tinc­tions with Ntombiz­in­tle Siko­longo achiev­ing three.

Stut­ter­heim High School showed a slight drop from 98% to 95% while Funda High School in Whit­tle­sea showed a vast im­prove­ment from 57.9% to 82.6%.

The re­sults of WB Rubu­sana High School in Ez­i­be­leni im­proved from a 61.2% pass rate to 72.3%, while Cath­cart High School faced a drop from 98.3% to 93.3%. Lu­vuyo Lerumo High School showed a slight im­prove­ment from 43.1% to 44.2%.

In Molteno, Joe Slovo Free­dom High School im­proved from 51% to 78.9% while Siyaphakama High School from Sterk­stroom im­proved from 77.3% to 80.6%.

Three of the prov­ince’s top achiev­ers came from pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged ru­ral schools.

Phikolomzi Mjikelwa of St James Se­nior Sec­ondary School, Mphoen­tle Pil­iso of Cofimv­aba SSS and Reamo­hetse Mofi­tiso of Le­hana SSS in Mount Fletcher were listed among the top 25 na­tional achiev­ers.

Mjikelwa was placed third in maths and science on na­tional level, was third in quin­tile 3 schools and first at a his­tor­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged in­sti­tu­tion (HDI) in the prov­ince. Pil­iso, who ob­tained seven dis­tinc­tions, was sec­ond in quin­tile 3 na­tion­ally and third over­all in the East­ern Cape.

He said school had been “his life” and that he would study ac­tu­ar­ial science at UCT.

Prin­ci­pal Josephina Kopano said this year’s matrics were dis­ci­plined and co­op­er­ated, re­sult­ing in an im­proved re­sult from 87.5% to 96.2%.

St James Se­nior Sec­ondary in Cofimv­aba had five top pupils who were hon­oured at the gala din­ner by MEC Mandla Makupula and East Cape premier Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle.

Sphathise Ntalo was re­warded for be­ing sec­ond in HDI in clus­ter A, Phikolomzi Mjikewa was first in Top HDI in the prov­ince, Sonke Lud­wele was sec­ond in the top learner cat­e­gory in Chris Hani East, Abongile Tom as the top pupil in Chris Hani East and Awongile Ngxanga took third place in clus­ter B. Siyavuya Duda of Free­man­tle SSS was the top pupil in the Chris Hani West district in the HDI cat­e­gory.

Duda said, “I cre­ated more space and time to study and that is how I man­aged to do well. I will be do­ing a BCom ac­count­ing de­gree at UCT this year.”

Prin­ci­pal Vuy­isile Cele said the school’s re­sults im­proved from 86.5% in 2016 to 95.32% in 2017, mainly due to ex­tra classes of­fered by teach­ers. The Free­man­tle Old Boys’ As­so­ci­a­tion had played a piv­otal role in keep­ing matrics mo­ti­vated.

Ca­cadu’s Thoza­misa Se­nior Sec­ondary School prin­ci­pal Mlan­deli Bok­weni was im­pressed with an im­proved pass rate from 46.2% to 79.2% with four dis­tinc­tions.

Bok­weni com­mended the staff, pupils, par­ents, lo­cal busi­ness own­ers and the ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment for their sup­port.

Pic­ture: LIYANDA YAMAPHI

STAR PER­FOR­MANCE: From left, Ki­ran Jomon of Queen’s Col­lege and Mikayla Boy of GHS were hon­oured for their achieve­ments in the Chris Hani West district

Pic­ture: LIYANDA YAMAPHI

WHAT A STAR! MEC Mandla Makupula and East­ern Cape Premier Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle con­grat­u­late Mphoen­tle Pil­iso of Cofimv­aba Se­nior Sec­ondary School for her top re­sults

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