Good re­sults con­tinue to roll

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MATOPO High School’s aca­demic re­sults con­tin­ued to be pos­i­tive dur­ing the 2015 Novem­ber na­tional ex­am­i­na­tions.

The school’s head­mas­ter Mr Gard­son Sibanda said teach­ers and pupils’ hard work had seen re­sults soar over the years. Last year the school recorded a 79,3 per­cent pass rate in the O-Level ex­am­i­na­tions which was bet­ter than 71,5 per­cent of 2014.

In 2013 they recorded 68,1 per­cent, 2012 the pass rate was 48,7 per­cent and 54 in 2011.

“The re­sults have been on the rise in the last three years with the 79,3 per­cent the best by the school since 1980. We have achieved this be­cause we have had a low staff turnover in most de­part­ments with sem­i­nars, ac­cess to in­ter­net, sup­port from the par­ents and re­spon­si­ble author­ity,” said Mr Sibanda. By­ron Ma­woyo was the best stu­dent last year with 11 As. “The hall mark of our re­sults last year was qual­ity with 20 can­di­dates scor­ing 5 As and above,” said Mr Sibanda.

The A-Level Class of 2015 did not dis­ap­point ei­ther notch­ing 87,2 per­cent an im­prove­ment from the 2014 group whose mark was 76,2.

Mr Sibanda said as a school they were con­cerned. He said 87,2 per­cent was not good enough as the school tar­get was 100 per­cent.

“As a school we are surely work­ing at re­vers­ing that de­cline as in 2013 we had 90 and 97,4 per­cent in 2012,” said Mr Sibanda whose re­port at the school speech and prize giv­ing day this morn­ing is likely to re­ceive a good re­cep­tion.

Sibanda said Mondli­wethu Ncube who at­tained 14 points MATOPO High School needs about $80,000 for its tech­ni­cal vo­ca­tional school to open its doors in Jan­uary next year.

The col­lege will in­cor­po­rate both males and fe­males from the school’s neigh­bour­ing com­mu­nity. A ma­jor­ity are ex­pected to be school dropouts who will be equipped with the tech­ni­cal know-how to be en­trepreneurs in their own right when they com­plete their stud­ies to be ex­am­ined by Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (Hexco).

An­nounc­ing the de­vel­op­ment, Matopo High School head­mas­ter Mr Gard­son Sibanda said they were happy with the lat­est de­vel­op­ment at the school.

The idea to ex­pand has been as a re­sult of the de­sire to en­rol youths from the com­mu­nity who are out of school due to a num­ber of rea­sons.

“We want a stu­dent who when he leaves school has the nec­es­sary tech­ni­cal skills to live off them and ac­tu­ally be an em­ployer.

“We will start the pro­gramme early next year and we are lay­ing the foun­da­tion for that with a min­i­mal bud­get of $80100,000 to get the ball rolling. This will be for the ex­pan­sion of some of the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture and ac­qui­si­tion of new from com­mer­cial sub­jects, Ray­mond Takawira 18 from sciences and Hellen Nare 15 from the arts were last year’s best per­form­ers at A-Level.

Ten can­di­dates who sat O-Lev­els ex­ams in June passed with five sub­jects with His­tory en­joy­ing a 77,9 per­cent pass rate. Sixty eight passed with As and there were 10 Bs with Math­e­mat­ics en­joy­ing a 49,1 per­cent pass rate and In­te­grated Sci­ence 68,9 per­cent.

In that sit­ting Shep­herd Kararakuripi and Methembe scored As in His­tory, Math­e­mat­ics, In­ter­grated Sci­ence A and Hu­man and So­cial Bi­ol­ogy. Co­in­ci­den­tally they had Cs in English.

In line with Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion re­quire­ments, Mr ma­te­rial to add on to that.

“We are hope­ful donors may come on board and make dreams come true for the youths from the com­mu­nity and those at our con­ven­tional school who are not aca­dem­i­cally strong. These skills will be a life­line,” said Mr Sibanda dur­ing a tour of the school on Tues­day.

Al­ready the con­ven­tional school chil­dren are do­ing the tech­ni­cal vo­ca­tional sub­jects.

He said the non-for­mal ed­u­ca­tion set up will force de­vel­op­ments that will ben­e­fit both groups.

To be im­proved are work­shops to ac­com­mo­date the ma­chine shop and mo­tor main­te­nance classes.

Silindile Ncube who is the school’s deputy head­mistress and is in charge of vo­ca­tional and non-for­mal ed­u­ca­tion said the bak­ery which is in use al­ready and pro­vid­ing bread to the school will also be im­proved and ex­tended to ac­com­mo­date the food pro­cess­ing classes to be in­tro­duced.

She added that the school would open an agro-shop for pro­duce from the agri­cul­ture stu­dents with the view to pro­duce stock feed for the school and farm­ing com­mu­nity.

Veg­eta­bles would also be for the din­ing hall to im­prove self-suf­fi­ciency at the school.

The school, 2010 Merit Award Sec­re­tary’s Bell win­ners would charge low fees for the tech­ni­cal vo­ca­tional school to VI­SION MIS­SION STATE­MENT Sibanda said Matopo in­tro­duced vo­ca­tional tech­ni­cal sub­jects last year.

He lamented the lack of ma­chin­ery and ap­pealed to former stu­dents and or­gan­i­sa­tions to part­ner the school to­wards get­ting kids to re­alise their dreams.

Mr Sibanda told The Chron­i­cle that the school had en­rolled 24 stu­dents to study Math­e­mat­ics, Physics, Chem­istry and Bi­ol­ogy as part of the Stem ini­tia­tive on sci­ence sub­jects. It is a de­lib­er­ate gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive to come up with stu­dents who will em­brace the sub­jects and take up cour­ses that will help the coun­try stay abreast with the rest of the world in the field of tech­nol­ogy too.

Mr Sibanda said the Stem em­pha­sis had seen in­creased num­bers which had there­fore forced the school to ex­pand and re­fur­bish ex­ist­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries.

“There is need to pur­chase more equip­ment and chem­i­cals,” he said.

On an­other pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment for the school, Mr Sibanda said 52 desk top com­put­ers had been bought. He, how­ever, noted that the fig­ure fell short of ex­pected lev­els as the school’s en­rol­ment stands at about 1 000 pupils.

He chal­lenged par­ents to as­sist by buy­ing their chil­dren lap­tops.

Matopo High School is gear­ing for the in­tro­duc­tion of a new cur­ricu­lum frame­work for 2017-22 by in­tro­duc­ing sub­jects like Busi­ness and Eco­nom­ics at O-Level.

“The fo­cus of the cur­ricu­lum is to ex­pose ev­ery learner to the dis­ci­plines of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, math­e­mat­ics and her­itage stud­ies.

“This will see them when they fin­ish school con­tribut­ing to the so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion in line with the ZimAs­set blueprint,” he said.

Com­pleted projects at the school in­clude the roof­ing of Form 4 boys’ hos­tels and elec­tri­fi­ca­tion, pur­chase of a 64-seater bus, sin­gle cab truck and tiling of the Sixth Form girls’ hos­tels.

Out­stand­ing projects in­clude the wa­ter project, tiling of dor­mi­to­ries, ceil­ing of the boys’ block and white­boards to be erected in the re­main­ing 12 classes.

Mr Sibanda said there was a short­age of ac­com­mo­da­tion with some houses need­ing at­ten­tion, lack of proper com­puter lab­o­ra­tory and in­ad­e­quate com­put­ers and lack of sci­ence lab­o­ra­to­ries.

Over 2,000 peo­ple are ex­pected at the school’s speech and prize giv­ing day this morn­ing.

Matopo High School staff Head­mas­ter Mr Gard­son Sibanda

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