Pass rate drop wor­ries prin­ci­pals

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - VUYO MABANDLA

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”.

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