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2016-01-19 06:00
Premier Helen Zille, Raymond Jansen, principal of Walmer Secondary School, and Debbie Schäfer, provincial minister of education, celebrate that Walmer Secondary School’s matric pass rate is the most improved in the province.  PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Premier Helen Zille, Raymond Jansen, principal of Walmer Secondary School, and Debbie Schäfer, provincial minister of education, celebrate that Walmer Secondary School’s matric pass rate is the most improved in the province. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Walmer Secondary School in Walmer Estate is top in the province as the most improved school.

The school has improved its matric pass rate significantly over the last three years.

Its pass rate went from 51% in 2013, to 88% in 2014 and, mostly recently, to 92%.

The school was celebrated at an award ceremony at the provincial premier’s residence to honour schools and matriculants from the province who achieved in last year’s matric exams.

Another school that achieved a significant improvement is Oscar Mpetha High School in Nyanga, which obtained a pass rate of 85% – improving on its 60% in 2014. De Kruine Sekondêre Skool in Touws River, Haarlem Sekondêre Skool and Mfuleni Secondary School were also in the top five list of the most improved schools.

Speaking at the awards ceremony Debbie Schäfer, provincial minister of education, said it was a pleasure to celebrate not only the achievements of the pupils and schools, but also that the fact that the Western Cape had the highest matric pass rate in the country.

“It has been a very special week, and today is a very special day.”

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