MEC celebrates good matric results

2018-02-20 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedMEC Belinda Scott with Cardinal Wildfrid Napier hands over the trophy to Nomonde Nxumalo for achieving 7 As in the Matric Class of 2017 in KwaThintwa.

PHOTO: suppliedMEC Belinda Scott with Cardinal Wildfrid Napier hands over the trophy to Nomonde Nxumalo for achieving 7 As in the Matric Class of 2017 in KwaThintwa.

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TOP performing matriculants were recently awarded with trophies and certificates at KwaThintwa School for the Deaf.

Nkosinathi Madonda and Nomonde Nxumalo were the top achievers in the school’s Matric Class of 2017. The school achieved the seventh 100% matric pass last year.

Madonda led by example as he achieved a bachelor’s pass, despite his hearing challenge. His classmate Nxumalo also achieved the same results. Both pupils will be studying Information Technology at the Durban University of Technology this year.

The school held two boot camps last year in which subject advisors taught 300 pupils various subjects, including mathematics and science, to improve their matric pass.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Finance, Belinda Scott, was over-the-top when the school she adopted three years ago achieved a spectacular pass.

“You are wonderful children. You overcame your challenges to achieve these good results. You are proof that if you work hard, you can achieve anything you want - no matter the challenge you are facing. We are proud of you.”

Pupils from other schools who participated in the boot camps were also awarded with certificates and trophies for their good results. Scott said it was encouraging that pupils achieved such good results when education was under enormous pressure.

“We are looking towards our administrators to turn things around using the limited resources available. KwaThintwa is a case-in-point and the results are showing. These matric results reflect on the good leadership of the school principal, Dr Mavis Naidoo, and her management.

“They have made KwaThintwa a centre of excellence. Here, we have a principal who does not believe that being deaf is a hinderance.”

The MEC has made donations for various resources at the school. “As leaders in our communities, we need to get closer to our various institutions and render the necessary assistance to our less privileged communities. The continued improvement of the matric pass rate requires, not just the leadership of the department of education, but the collective effort by people in various sectors and everyone has a role to play.”

School principal, Dr Naidoo, was excited to see the school reaping rewards for hard work.

“We will continue to work hard and make our input to improve the quality of education for our pupils.”

She said it was encouraging that three other schools that had participated in the boot camp had improved their final results – an indication that the camp was useful.

- Supplied.

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