Mpumalanga MEC to deal with worst schools

2012-01-11 14:07

A Mpumalanga private school could face the wrath of education MEC Reginah Mhaule and may be de-registered for failing to achieve a 20% pass rate for Grade 12 in 2011.

Departmental spokesperson Jasper Zwane said all private schools that got a pass rate below 20% would be de-registered, while those with a pass rate of less than 50% will not get a government subsidy.

Elephant Private College in Numbi outside Hazyview was among the worst-performing schools in the province after four of its 22 pupils – or 18.2 % – passed matric.

Its principal, Frans Nyambi, said the college’s downfall was pupils from other schools who bought false Grade 11 reports while they had not passed.

“When schools open (on January 18), we will start a process to deal with the worst-performing schools. We’re clear on this: those that got a pass rate below 20% may be de-registered, and we’ll stop subsidising those that got less than 50%,” Zwane said.

“We’ll of course listen to their side of the story, and make our decision,” he added.

Fifteen private schools had matric pupils that sat for exams last year and only Mathews Phosa College achieved a 100% pass rate.

Three private schools achieved a pass rate below 50%, namely, East High College of Excellence (22.7%); TC College (33.3%) and Hazyview Private College (43.9%).

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