Kharwastan kids do well despite a challenging year

2014-01-07 00:00

A YEAR of tumult and negative publicity after a highly publicised bullying video taken at Kharwastan High School in Chatsworth went viral, is now totally overshadowed by the great performance of its matric class of 2012.

Yesterday, proud school principal Vic Pillay said this year’s results were the best they had ever had, with two pupils — Kasmira Ramdeen and Zaveer Sing — obtaining 10 distinctions each, and two pupils — Sandhya Maharaj and Kiravani Pillay — notching up nine distinctions each.

Five more pupils attained eight distinctions each.

“I must give credit to our educators and management team at the school who did an exceptional job in preparing the pupils for the exams.

“The University of KwaZulu-Natal has awarded bursaries to 28 of our matrics, who will go on to study for professions ranging from business, science and engineering,” Pillay said.

The area surrounding the school is riddled with gangs, violence and drugs, and therefore the school had to step up their guidance and counselling services “to make sure the socio-economic environment does not have an effect on the pupils’ ability to perform”.

Even respected educationalist Professor Jonathan Jansen, rector of the University of the Free State (UFS), has come out in praise of “the quality of pupils” produced by the school, and said they are doing an excellent job of preparing pupils academically. The UFS has managed to lure a number of pupils from Kharwastan.

Pillay acknowledged that the involvement of the parents in the school’s affairs is one of their pillars of strength.

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