Mixed feelings about matric results

2020-01-16 06:00
Matriculants from Manyano High School celebrate outside the school premises after they receiving their results. From left: Zanele Dyasophi, Lindokuhle Bambelo, Kamva Mjanyelwa, Vuyolwethu Mdolomba. Alusandi Salaze and Asavela Mdala. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Matriculants from Manyano High School celebrate outside the school premises after they receiving their results. From left: Zanele Dyasophi, Lindokuhle Bambelo, Kamva Mjanyelwa, Vuyolwethu Mdolomba. Alusandi Salaze and Asavela Mdala. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Education forums from Khayelitsha and Gugulethu have expressed mixed emotions about the recent matric results and urged the provincial department of education to put in more effort, especially in township schools, to help improve their results.

Khayelitsha Education Forum (KEF) chair Nomawethu Mosana praised loca high schools for the great performance. “We are happy with the performance even though there are some schools that didn’t do well. We hope that this year they will pull up their socks. Out of 20 schools, nine of them obtained above 80% which is a great achievement. We will visit those schools who didn’t do well in an attempt to find out where the problem lies,” she said. However, she also raised questions about resources at some schools. Speaking on behalf of the Gugulethu Education Forum (GEF) Vincent Domingo, Gugulethu Development Forum secretary, described the matric results in the area as embarrassing. “We are not satisfied at all with the results. We used to have at least one school in the top 20 in the province but now we are below par. This year we are not expecting anything less than 90% from all the schools,” said Domingo.

He urged all community stakeholders to come on board and save the education system in Gugulethu. “We have people who have an interest in education. People who retired and are still willing to assist learners in after school programmes. We want them to volunteer to help the children,” he said, adding that educators must not only focus on matric learners they must start preparing learners from Grade 8.

ID Mkhize Secondary School and Sithembele Matiso High School are the top two schools in the Lagunya area, while Usasazo High School is the top school in Khayelitsha.

In 2018 ID Mkhize recorded a 73.8% pass rate while that increased to 88.6% last year. Meanwhile Matiso saw an improvement from 78.8% to 85,0% year on year.

Usasazo obtained a 94,8% pass rate in 2019 from 76, 2% in 2018.

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