Sub­dued matrics gather to hear re­sults in north­ern ar­eas

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News - Shaun Gill­ham gill­[email protected]­soblack­

In stark con­trast to by­gone ma­tric re­sults an­nounce­ment days hall­marked by heady, cham­pagne-swig­ging school­leavers – sub­dued and brief gath­er­ings of ma­tric­u­lants, par­ents and teach­ers were the or­der of the day across Port El­iz­a­beth’s north­ern ar­eas schools on Fri­day.

Held back by de­lays in the re­lease of of­fi­cial, in­di­vid­ual sub­ject re­sults at a num­ber of schools, small groups of school-leavers milled around at sev­eral schools as they awaited their for­mer teach­ers and prin­ci­pals who were tasked with de­liv­er­ing the re­sults to their schools.

A som­bre at­mos­phere dom­i­nated at Booy­sen Park Sec­ondary School where anx­ious for­mer pupils and par­ents of pupils “too afraid” to queue up for their re­sults waited for more than an hour for prin­ci­pal Ivan Martins, along with the re­sults for the to­tal of 111 pupils who sat their fi­nal ex­ams there.

Around 20 for­mer grade 12 pupils crammed into a school room to hear that their in­sti­tu­tion, while field­ing im­prove­ments in the qual­ity of passes, had also emerged as one of worst-per­form­ing schools in the north­ern ar­eas with an over­all pass rate of just 35.8%.

Siya­ma­makele Mjex­ane was named as that in­sti­tu­tion’s top achiever for 2018.

Con­versely, an up­beat Adam Jan­uary – who heads Westville Sec­ondary School – on Fri­day poured praise on his teach­ing staff, par­ents and the re­la­tion­ships the school has nur­tured with par­ents af­ter record­ing an 88.7% over­all pass rate.

“We are ex­cep­tion­ally pleased with the re­sult, par­tic­u­larly con­sid­er­ing the so­cial chal­lenges and im­pov­er­ished com­mu­nity in the area.”

Among the suc­cess­ful ma­tric­u­lants were best friends and for­mer Sanc­tor High School pupils Euo­dia Smith and Vivica Twecu, both 18.

Smith, who plans to work in the US as an au pair, said she was de­lighted at pass­ing and the op­por­tu­nity to move on with her life.

Twecu, who plans to study law at the Uni­ver­sity of the Free State, said: “It is bit­ter­sweet for me. I am su­per pleased to have passed, but I am go­ing to miss school and par­tic­u­larly my friends.”

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