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The will to win, the zeal to suc­ceed and the urge to reach your full po­ten­tial are the keys that will un­lock the door to per­sonal ex­cel­lence.”

It is un­ques­tion­ably not a sim­ple er­rand to be rated as one of the coun­try’s best per­form­ing schools for such an achieve­ment comes not; in a light­ning bolt of in­spi­ra­tion but through count­less hours of toil, per­se­ver­ance and ded­i­ca­tion.

For a unique school like Vulamasango, be­ing named one of the coun­try’s best per­form­ing schools, es­pe­cially in the Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tion, is re­ceived with great ex­hil­a­ra­tion and recorded as one of the most out­stand­ing achieve­ments in the his­tory of the school.

This is be­cause the school did not only per­form ex­cep­tion­ally well in both the Grade Seven and Form Three ex­am­i­na­tions, but also paved its way to the coun­try’s Top 10, which com­prised schools that at­tained the 100 per cent pass rate, as well, as pro­duced high grades and or qual­ity

“re­sults in to­tal­ity.

Once again, Vulamasango Pri­mary School ex­celled in the Pri­mary Cer­tifi­cate ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tion by at­tain­ing a 100 per cent pass rate in the re­sults re­leased by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion a week ago. A to­tal of 24 pupils sat for the ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tion and hoisted the school’s flag high by per­form­ing re­mark­ably well.

The re­sults re­flected that one pupil at­tained a Merit while five scooped first class passes. A to­tal of 18 pupils at­tained sec­ond class passes. There were no third class passes or fail­ures. In this grade, the school has at­tained and main­tained the 100 per­cent pass rate for the past four years, hav­ing turned the wheel in 2015. On the other hand, it seems the long hours of toil en­dured by the pupils while study­ing in prepa­ra­tion for the Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate ex­am­i­na­tion fi­nally paid off, as the pupils have proved to all and sundry that there is noth­ing ‘im­pos­si­ble’ in life, for the word it­self says ‘I’m pos­si­ble’.


With the year 2018 pro­claimed as a year of bless­ings, filled with so much ac­tiv­ity, where mem­o­rable events that in­clude the 50/50 dou­ble cel­e­bra­tions took place, the pupils from the school saw the urge to also leave a mark in such a great year by pro­duc­ing the best re­sults in his­tory, thus lo­cat­ing a place in the top 10.

A to­tal of 59 pupils sat for the Form Three ex­am­i­na­tion and like their younger broth­ers and sis­ters, they at­tained a 100 per cent pass rate.

There were five pupils who got mer­its, 11 First class passes and only 43 sec­ond class passes. Like­wise, there were no Third class passes or fail­ures. To add the cherry on top of the cake was one of Vulamasango’s own Mzwandile Mthethwa, who scooped 90 per cent over­all, plac­ing him amongst the coun­try’s best pupils in the Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate ex­am­i­na­tion.

Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral of His Majesty’s Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices Isa­iah Mzuthini Nt­shangase has con­grat­u­lated the pupils for their good per­for­mance, es­pe­cially in both grades who sat for the ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tions.


Nt­shangase says the good re­sults that have been at­tained by the pupils were a re­sult of a joint ef­fort by cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers, who are re­spon­si­ble for the direct su­per­vi­sion of the pupils, teach­ers, devel­op­men­tal pro­gramme of­fi­cers as well as health prac­ti­tion­ers, who all worked to­gether in achiev­ing a com­mon goal. He said all these par­ties re­mained ded­i­cated in their work and in­vested a lot of time in em­pow­er­ing the pupils with ed­u­ca­tional skills. He said it is such love and com­mit­ment to the pupils that has yielded good re­sults, which have placed the depart­ment in good records.

The com­mis­sioner gen­eral fur­ther high­lighted that the re­sults at­tained by the pupils were a con­fir­ma­tion that in­deed the ul­ti­mate mea­sure of a per­son is not their mis­takes or ac­com­plish­ments, but what she or he does with them.


It is for this rea­son then that the school uses an eclec­tic ap­proach by pro­vid­ing all-en­com­pass­ing ser­vices to the pupils such as chap­laincy, psy­chol­ogy, so­cial wel­fare, amongst oth­ers. This is be­cause the school en­rols chil­dren fac­ing di­verse chal­lenges.

Nt­shangase also took time to thank the dif­fer­ent so­cial part­ners who have taken the ini­tia­tive to sup­port the school in var­i­ous forms, as this showed that so­ci­ety now un­der­stands that the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of per­sons is not the sole re­spon­si­bil­ity of the cor­rec­tional ser­vices, but a so­ci­etal re­spon­si­bil­ity. These in­clude com­pa­nies, NGO’s, Faith Based or­gan­i­sa­tions, as well as mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

He also ap­plauded par­ents for be­ing there for their chil­dren through pay­ing their school fees de­spite the many chal­lenges faced in gen­eral.

He said this shows how much they trea­sure their chil­dren, an act he com­mended as it would cul­mi­nate in a bet­ter so­ci­ety, where the young he­roes would re­alise their dreams and nur­ture them ac­cord­ingly.

BEST PUPIL: High School Prin­ci­pal Dan Mavuso con­grat­u­lates Mzwan­dle Mthethwa who at­tained 90 per cent.

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