...BUT WE ARE NOT THERE YET
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.
“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.