How schools fared

Plea­sure, pain and de­ter­mi­na­tion to do bet­ter

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The top 2018 ma­tric pupil in the Chris Hani West District was Vela Magida of Queen’s Col­lege, who achieved a 91% ag­gre­gate. The school en­tered 96 can­di­dates, of whom five, Magida, Joshua Green (87%), Nathanael Thomas

(84%), Mih­lali Tyal­iti (83%) and Sarath Si­mon

(80%), achieved A ag­gre­gates. In ad­di­tion 63 re­ceived bach­e­lor’s passes, 27 diploma passes and there were five with se­nior cer­tifi­cates.

Head­mas­ter Janse van der Ryst said he was very happy with the five A ag­gre­gates, es­pe­cially the re­sult achieved by Magida.

“This just shows that if you are driven, work hard and have high as­pi­ra­tions you can re­ally achieve, though I also thank the staff for their ded­i­ca­tion and hard work,” he said.

Magida, who says his best sub­jects were physics, maths and ac­count­ing, plans to study medicine at Stel­len­bosch Uni­ver­sity.

“My mother is a doc­tor and has been a great in­spi­ra­tion to me as I would like to give back to the un­der­priv­i­leged peo­ple in the com­mu­nity,” he says.

Hangk­lip High School prin­ci­pal Abré Wa­gener said: “The 2018 ma­tric re­sults con­firm that Hangk­lip is one of the bea­cons of ef­fec­tive and func­tional school­ing.”

The school’s top ma­tric was Charissa Roets, who ob­tained an ag­gre­gate of 80.2%, with dis­tinc­tions in Afrikaans first lan­guage, Eng­lish first ad­di­tional lan­guage, life ori­en­ta­tion, phys­i­cal sci­ence and com­puter ap­pli­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy.The school had a

95.3% pass rate and 75.6% ob­tained bach­e­lor’s passes.

Queen­stown Girls’ High School’s ma­tric class ob­tained the mag­i­cal 100% pass rate for the 27th year in suc­ces­sion, one of only 43 schools in the prov­ince to achieve this ex­cep­tional re­sult. Of the 101 can­di­dates, 95 ob­tained bach­e­lor’s passes, 15 had A ag­gre­gates and the class ob­tained 185 sub­ject dis­tinc­tions.

The Dux, Sarah Con­roy, ob­tained seven sub­ject dis­tinc­tions and was in­vited to at­tend the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment’s Top Achiev­ers’ awards cer­e­mony. She was placed sec­ond in the Chris Hani West District with an ag­gre­gate of 90.14%.

Prin­ci­pal Theo Anaxago­ras said, “GHS is ex­cep­tion­ally proud of this dis­tin­guished per­for­mance and con­grat­u­lates Sarah on her fine achieve­ment.”

The top five can­di­dates were Con­roy, Asisipo Ben

(86.86%), Ker­rith Hart­ley (86.14%), Aku Abofra

(85.71%) and Sokhana Mngambi (85.29%). WB Rubu­sana Se­nior Sec­ondary School’s 71% ma­tric pass rate could not be cel­e­brated by the school and the com­mu­nity of Ez­i­be­leni, where the school is si­t­u­ated, as it did not ap­pear in the news­pa­per with other schools whose pupils had passed.

Prin­ci­pal Andile Njok­wana said he was dis­ap­pointed, along with the pupils, par­ents and the en­tire com­mu­nity, when their school’s name did not ap­pear in the pa­per.

“We do not know what went wrong. How­ever, I am ex­cited about our achieve­ment even though there was a slight de­cline com­pared with last year’s

72.3%.”

A to­tal of 68 learn­ers from Rubu­sana sat for the ex­ams and 15 achieved bach­e­lor’s passes, 13 diploma passes and 20 higher cer­tifi­cates.

The school’s top achiever, Zizipho Nzi­weni, got two dis­tinc­tions, in IsiXhosa and life ori­en­ta­tion, and a level six in Eng­lish.

Bule­lani Sec­ondary School cel­e­brated an 80% pass rate which fell of short of the 82% the school achieved last year. They recorded 53 bach­e­lor’s passes, 46 diplo­mas and 19 higher cer­tifi­cates.

Prin­ci­pal Phumla Rongo at­trib­uted the suc­cess to ded­i­ca­tion from both teach­ers and pupils, say­ing if it was not for the ex­tra classes they at­tended, they would not have achieved so much.

“We had morn­ing, af­ter­noon and win­ter classes to help our pupils pre­pare for the ex­ams. The camp at Palotti Farm also helped be­cause there was no dis­trac­tion from the out­side world, it was just the pupils and teach­ers pre­par­ing for the fu­ture.”

Top achiever at Bule­lani Sakhe Bhayi re­ceived one dis­tinc­tion, five level sixes and one level five.

The Get Ahead Project achieved a 92% pass rate, which was an im­prove­ment com­pared with last year’s 90%. Prin­ci­pal Peter Steyn said they were ex­cited to have achieved these re­sults and were go­ing to work even harder this year to en­sure a 100% pass rate. “We had ex­tra lessons to en­sure all the pupils were well pre­pared for the ex­ams. 64 pupils wrote and 48% of them ob­tained bach­e­lor’s passes.”

Eku­phum­leni High School in Whit­tle­sea’s pass rate dropped from 80% to 74%.

Prin­ci­pal Lizwe Ngalo said the re­sults were a dis­ap­point­ment as the school had main­tained a record of 80% or more for 12 years. A to­tal of 222 pupils wrote the ex­ams and 164 passed. What con­soled him was an im­prove­ment in qual­ity re­sults.

“Our pupil Lisakhanya Klaas was the top per­former in pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged schools in Chris Hani West. The class re­ceived 74 bach­e­lor’s passes, 59 diplo­mas, 31 higher cer­tifi­cates and 39 dis­tinc­tions in dif­fer­ent learn­ing ar­eas.”

The pass rate at Siyaphakama Se­nior Sec­ondary School in Sterk­stroom dropped from 80.6% to 54%, with only 15 of the 28 pupils who wrote pass­ing.

Prin­ci­pal Tam­samqa Phon­golo said: “We found that our matrics ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fi­culty in in­ter­pret­ing ques­tion pa­pers. We be­lieve one of the con­tribut­ing fac­tors to the low re­sults was that the school was with­out a maths teacher for al­most a year. Most of our pupils failed busi­ness stud­ies which may have had some com­plex­i­ties for pupils.”

He said the school would place more fo­cus on fa­mil­iaris­ing the pupils with ques­tion pa­pers for them to learn how to han­dle ex­ams this year.

“We re­ceived one dis­tinc­tion, three bach­e­lor’s, three diplo­mas and nine cer­tifi­cates,” Phon­golo said.

The Lin­gelihle Se­nior Sec­ondary School pass rate dropped from 68% to 54%. Prin­ci­pal, Mz­imkhulu Mlombo said 93 matrics wrote the exam and 57 pupils passed while 36 failed.

He said, “Last year’s matrics were not ded­i­cated. The staff mo­ti­vates them and I show them the re­quire­ments needed in or­der for them to pass ma­tric.”

Nk­wanca High School deputy prin­ci­pal Nkosi­nathi Mbuthuma said the school’s pass rate had im­proved from 63% to 79.3%.

There were a to­tal of 34 bach­e­lor’s passes, 44 diploma passes and 15 higher cer­tifi­cates.

“The ex­tra classes we had played a sig­nif­i­cant role in this year’s re­sults.”

He praised the com­mit­ment of staff and pupils. Mbuthuma said the school ob­tained 21 dis­tinc­tions in IsiXhosa home lan­guage.

Maria Louw High School ob­tained an 80% pass rate com­pared with the 84% the pre­vi­ous year. Prin­ci­pal Werner New­ton von Scha­ef­fer said this was a de­cline but not a big one. “We had nine A sym­bols and six out of seven pro­gressed learn­ers who wrote the full ex­am­i­na­tion passed, which makes us very proud. We had 21 bach­e­lor’s passes, 42 diplo­mas and 17 higher cer­tifi­cates.”

Kwa Ko­mani Com­pre­hen­sive School prin­ci­pal Sizwe Mru­bata com­mended the in­ter­ven­tion by the ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment through their pro­gramme called JENN which had as­sisted in bring­ing spe­cial­ists for some of the sub­jects.

“The school ob­tained 69%, an im­prove­ment com­pared with the 64% in the pre­vi­ous year.

“We had 34 bach­e­lor’s passes, 39 diploma passes and 28 higher cer­tifi­cates. We got 16 dis­tinc­tions for isiXhosa home lan­guage and have three over­all top achiev­ers.”

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