Siphamandla, the pride of K’Litsha

2016-04-28 06:00
Andile Magadla, the school principal introducing the teachers during the celebration and official opening of Sphamandla High School, on Friday, in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Andile Magadla, the school principal introducing the teachers during the celebration and official opening of Sphamandla High School, on Friday, in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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There is a popular saying which goes like this: “you cannot put a good man down”.

This was attested to by Siphamandla Senior Secondary School in Khayelitsha, which, against all odds, proved their academic mettle for over three consecutive years.

Between 2013 and 2015, the school’s matric pass rate has been 76.2%, 92.4% and 95.4% respectively.

On Friday, the school, which is based in Kuyasa, celebrated these milestones with a party.

The event also marked the school’s official opening, according to Principal Andile Magadla.

Magadla said the school has conquered many challenges over the years, ranging from gangsterism, drugs, burglaries and vandalism.

lack of adequate recreational facilities was also a challenge, said Magadla.

Magadla said they were happy to celebrate the “good results” and that they managed to maintain their standards.

“It is a great record for us. It is wonderful that we are number one in Khayelitsha against all the challenges that the school is facing.

Gangsterism is the language of the day, so are drugs here. We also do not have an effective library. We do not even have a sports field,” he said.

Magadla also thanked teachers, parents and their partners for also contributing in the success of the school.

The school opened its doors for the first time in on 18 March 2002, sharing the premises with another primary school.

Magadla said they moved to a new building in 2008, which was a relief to the operation of the school and a basis for working towards greater heights.

Tembelani Jikelo, chairperson of the Khayelitsha Education Forum, who was one of the guest speakers at the event, applauded the school for achieving good results despite high levels of crime.

“The school is sure about lifting the standard of education in Khayelitsha. Education is very important, because it liberates our minds. Keep it up.

The school has been terrorised by gangsters, but you still managed to produce good results,” Jikelo said.

Nolizwi Ngcana, deputy chairperson for School Governing Body (SGB), said an intervention which included parents and police has produced good results to fight gangsterism and drugs at the school.

“We managed to eliminate gangsterism and drugs after we approached the parents of the learners involved(in gangs).

The police also played to good role. The incidents of gang fights are rare now. Teachers also contributed a lot in getting the good results and also learners were willing to take part in extra classes,” Ngcana said.

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