SA’s worst schools

2012-01-06 10:35

A Limpopo school has not had any matric passes in the past three years.

Hlabirwa Commercial Private School in Seotlong has scored zero percent since 2009, when all its nine pupils failed. The following year the school’s sole matriculant also failed.

According to last year’s national senior certificate school performance analysis report, all four matriculants also failed in 2011.

Another school, St Martin de Porres Comprehensive, has not had any passes in the past two years. The school, in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal, had six pupils in 2010 and eight last year. All were unsuccessful.

Dalibunga Comprehensive High School in Ngqeleni, Eastern Cape, went from 100% in 2010 to no passes last year. All 18 pupils who wrote the exams passed in 2010 but the 30-strong class of 2011 registered no successes.

Limpopo’s Makidi Secondary also moved from 100% to zero. Both 2010 matriculants passed but all four pupils failed last year. Lethuxolo High School dropped to zero percent in 2011, down from 93% the previous year.

In 2010, 26 of the KwaMaphumulo, KwaZulu-Natal, school’s 28 pupils passed while all 39 failed last year.

Among the country’s most improved schools is Northview High School in Highlands North, Johannesburg, where all 238 failed in 2010.

However, the school turned the corner last year, registering an impressive 77% pass rate.

Of the 205 who sat for the exams, 157 succeeded.

Siyazizamela High School in Paulpietersburg, KwaZulu-Natal, moved from zero percent in 2010 to 100% last year. All 15 pupils failed in 2010 but last year’s class of six all passed.

Dominican Grimley School in Hout Bay, Cape Town, also scored zero last year when its four pupils all failed. Its class of 2011 scored 93%, with 75 of the 81 pupils passing.

On Wednesday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said her department would send officials to the 15 districts that scored below 60%.

The districts include Butterworth, Fort Beaufort, Libode, Mount Frere, Sterkspruit, Dutywa, King Williams Town, Lusikisiki, Mbizana, Queenstown and Qumbu (all in the Eastern Cape), Obonjeni (KwaZulu-Natal), Waterberg (Limpopo), Bohlabela (Mpumalanga) and John Taolo Gaetsewe (Northern Cape).

The department will work towards these districts performing at the national average of 70% this year.

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