School was bound to get low pass rate: Sadtu

2010-01-13 14:49

The KwaZulu-Natal school which received a 0% matric pass rate has

had no principal since 2000 and has only six teachers, three of whom were

temporary, the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) said on Wednesday.

Zuzanawe High School in northern KwaZulu-Natal was one of the

province’s four schools to receive a 0% matric pass rate during last year’s


Sadtu secretary in KwaZulu-Natal Mbuyiseni Mathonsi said he had

found during his visit to the school on Tuesday that last year’s matric pupils

were so disadvantaged that they had to be taken to another school in June.

“Saying that Zuzanawe got zero pass is misleading. Pupils were

transferred to Mthwazi High School in Mkuze as early June in 2009 because there

were no teachers to teach them. They were taught there,” he said.

Mathonsi said the principal of Zuzanawe High School had left the

school in 2000 complaining he was bewitched.

Since then the department of education had failed to act despite

parents’ attempts to get more teachers.

He said the Zuzanawe High School matric class had only eight pupils

and only five wrote matric examinations.

“We are not happy that the department has blamed teachers for the

mess they created. How can you expect maths, agriculture and physics pupils to

pass their matric if you don’t provide teachers?“

Mathonsi blamed the department for failing to ensure that all

schools had necessary teachers to teach, saying that unqualified teachers were

supposed to be trained.

“They would have visited the school already if they were really

concerned about improving the standard of teaching,” said Mathonsi.

Education spokesperson Mbali Thusi said MEC Senzo Mchunu would

visit poor performing schools next week to established what went wrong.

Mathonsi said his union would continue to help schools to improve

their results, saying that R700 000 had already been set aside for the


The union last week claimed that its matric intervention programme

had helped to increase KwaZulu-Natal’s matric pass rate.

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