...BUT WE ARE NOT THERE YET

Observer on Saturday - - News -

WE still have not reached our po­ten­tial as our plan is to record noth­ing less than a merit or first.” Ng­wane Prac­tis­ing Pri­mary School Prin­ci­pal Ephraem Dlamini said in the re­cently re­leased Stan­dard Five re­sults, his school did well but not to the stan­dard he wanted.

He said record­ing a clean sheet is an achieve­ment that has be­come a cul­ture in the school. He said cel­e­brat­ing a 100 per cent pass rate is no longer im­por­tant to them as this was what they al­ways do. The school has a good record when it comes to aca­demic achieve­ment and this record has been main­tained for years now.

In the 2018 re­sults, the school recorded 23 mer­its, 26 first class passes, 35 sec­ond class passes and no third and no fail.

“We are used to this (good re­sults) and what we now want to work on is to im­prove and record only mer­its and firsts. We want to do away with sec­ond

“class passes and if a pupil has not done well, it should be some­one who has ob­tained a first class. We are plan­ning to work only to pro­duce more mer­its and less first class passes.

Com­mit­ted

“This is something we can do and when look­ing at the im­prove­ment we are mak­ing each year, what I am talk­ing about is achiev­able. It’s a mat­ter of all us be­ing com­mit­ted and by this I mean if we can all play our part, par­ents in­cluded,” said Dlamini.

He said as a school, they set goals and­tar­gets­forthem­selvesan­dasteach­ers, they want to make the school one of the suc­cess­ful ones, not only in the (Shis­el­weni) re­gion but coun­try­wide.

“Teach­er­sarenow­com­peting­a­mong them­selves as no one wants to have a pupil fail­ing or get­ting sym­bols that are not con­vinc­ing in all sub­jects. By the look of things, we no longer have any com­peti­tor in the re­gion, but we now com­pete with schools from other regions,” said Dlamini.

He said they were will­ing and pre­pared to as­sist other schools which were also keen to em­u­late them. He said as much as no school was their matchinthere­gion­now,the­yareready to share with those strug­gling what they needed to do in or­der to pro­duce good re­sults.

“As we are tasked with shap­ing and mould­ing chil­dren, we can’t be self­ish in shar­ing with other schools our se­cret to suc­cess. Any school wish­ing to match us, if that is ever go­ing to hap­pen, can come for­ward,” said Dlamini.

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