Pass rate drop worries principals
A DROP in the matric pass rates in many Khayelitsha schools has principals worried.
But one school saw its results jump from a pass rate of 27 percent in 2008 to 70 percent last year.
The excited principal of Joe Slovo High, Majiet Parker, who has just completed his first year as principal, said the school had become Khayelitsha’s top school.
“It is unbelievable, isn’t it? We worked really hard, with Saturday classes and afternoon classes. We also had a team from the Department of Education helping with the teaching of maths and science.
“We will aim a bit higher for this year and we will work even harder.” Yesterday many secondary schools reported “noticeable” drops compared with 2008.
A disappointed Xolela Mjonondwana, principal of Zola Secondary, said their pass rate had dropped by 16 percent from 78 percent last year to 62 percent.
He would consult with other principals, parents, student bod- ies and organisations to come up with ways to help this year’s matrics deliver better results.
Matthew Goniwe Memorial principal Ntomoxolo Mqumbisa said one of the problems at the school was caused by a former principal who allegedly passed undeserving Grade 11 pupils into matric, essentially setting them up for failure.
It is understood the former principal was later fired.
“We dropped by 1 percent from 46 percent in 2008 to 45 percent in 2009.
“The students who failed last year are the ones who were sent to Grade 12 when they should not have been.”
Siphamandla Secondary principal Andile Magadla said last year’s challenging maths and physics papers had played a “huge part in these failures”. Their pass rate dropped from 72 percent to 68.6 percent.
Magadla said they would set up meetings within the next few days with interested parties to “strategise on ways to garner all the support we can to help prevent similar failures in our schools this year”.