Excellent schools and pupils awarded

2018-02-09 06:00
PHOTO: siphelele nketoHarry Gwala District Municipality Mayor Mluleki Ndobe (middle) congratulates top matriculants Nimy Alappattu (left) and Veena Thomas.

PHOTO: siphelele nketoHarry Gwala District Municipality Mayor Mluleki Ndobe (middle) congratulates top matriculants Nimy Alappattu (left) and Veena Thomas.

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ON Tuesday, Ntsikeni Senior Secondary School was awarded for being the top-performing school in the Harry Gwala District at an awards ceremony held in Umzimkhulu. The school received a trophy, a certificate and a R10 000 cash prize.

The school achieved a 100% matric pass for its 80 matriculants in last year’s examinations. In 2015, it achieved 92%, and 100% in 2016. School principal Nkululeko Mpompi said the rural school has similar challenges to other schools in Umzimkhulu but against all odds it managed to overcome them and produce good results.

“The school has disciplined pupils and hard-working teachers. We provide extra lessons to pupils and we receive support from the Department of Education. Despite this, drug usage by pupils and a lack of a science laboratory are still challenges,” said Mpompi.

Mandadla High School in Bulwer received an award for being the most improved school in the district, after improving its results from 39,29% in 2016 to 100% last year.

Shayamoya Secondary from Kokstad received an award for having the highest number of bachelor and diploma passes.

Veena Thomas and Nimy Alappattu from Kokstad College, as well as Senamile Dlamini from Little Flower Senior Secondary School, were awarded for being the top three pupils in the district.

“Dedication and hard work made me get six distinctions and I am very happy. I am going to do medicine at Walter Sisulu University,” said Nimy.

Harry Gwala District Municipality Mayor Mluleki Ndobe said municipal officials visited several schools in the past few weeks and discovered many challenges faced by pupils that include a shortage of classrooms and toilets, and promised to assist. He condemned the vandalism of school property and asked the community to look after the schools.

TOP 10 BEST-ACHIEVING SCHOOLS:

Ntsikeni High — 100%

Faith-Way Christian School — 100%

Kokstad College — 100%

Mandadla High — 100%

Ngonyama High — 100%

Dlangani High with — 94,87%

Rietvlei Senior Secondary School — 94,4%

Little Flower Senior Secondary — 94,1%,

Ndabakazibuzwa Senior Secondary — 93,33%,

Ixopo High — 90,68%.

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