Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School
THE newly appointed principal of Matthew Goniwe Memorial High School has said the school plans to upgrade its performance this year to “wash off ” the embarrassment of last year.
The school had a low matric pass rate of only 45 percent, a drop of 1 percent from 46 percent in 2008.
This was partly due to problems last year, which included a violent protest by pupils in which classes and toilets were damaged.
This was followed by the firing of the then principal on grounds that she had apparently admitted undeserving pupils to upper grades, “to make it look ike she had a well-performing school”.
The school is also troubled by gangsterism and crammed class rooms.
But new principal Ntomboxolo Mqumbisa said they will “start off on a clean slate”.
“We have put all the problems in the past. We want to start all over again in all classes, our performance was embarrassing,” she said.
However, she said, because the school lacks support from parents and the community, problems such as gangsterism and the carrying of weapons at school might continue.
Teachers, who did not want to be named, said they had made a few changes this year and, except for a few late-comers, classes began on time on Wednesday.
One said: “We have a history of laziness among the learners, so we have separated classes.
“There will be a single maths literacy class, which incurred much failures, and we will enhance sports.”
Mqumbisa added that they were willing to work throughout the extra-long mid-year holidays and allow pupils to watch the World Cup at the school. IT’S THE first day of school at Bergvliet Primary School. You’d expect tears, even a tantrum or two, as the new pupils settle into Jackie Wibberley’s class. But the parents are the only ones with tears in their eyes.
Some of the parents squeeze in a few hugs and kisses before they leave; others take photos of their children at their desks while they draw a picture about their holiday.
Wibberley wastes no time – the kids aren’t there an hour before she explains, in the gentle manner of a Grade 1 teacher, the