Programme boosts underperforming schools

2011-01-06 13:50

The Gauteng education department’s new programme to improve underperforming school has seemingly had a positive effect.

The province achieved the highest matric pass rate in 2010, with just under 79% of matrics passing.

“We didn’t expect to have done as well as we did,” said Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy, speaking at the provincial learner awards held at the Linder Auditorium, Wits Education Campus in Parktown, Johannesburg.

These results were chalked up to a new programme implemented by the province’s department of education last year to target underperforming schools.

Schools with a pass rate under 70% in 2009 were considered for the the Secondary School Improvement Programme, which focused on 276 high schools in Gauteng, of which 246 improved their results, said Creecy.

The programme included 47 000 learners and provided extra classes for students over weekends during the World Cup and holidays.

After the public sector strikes, the programme branched out to allow for students to catch up work and revise for exams.

The top performing schools in the programme were Inqayizivele Secondary School in Tembisa, which achieved a 94% pass rate, Lethukuthula Secondary in Katlehong with 88%, and Mosupatsela Secondary in Krugersdorp with 85%.

The most improved school in the programme was Beverly Hills Secondary School in Sebokeng, which improved its results by 55% to obtain a 86% pass rate.

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