A whole 100% for adult school

2019-02-12 06:00
Carl Schmidt

Carl Schmidt

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All it took was team spirit and hard work to score Constantia Wynberg Education Shared Initiative (CWESI) a 100% pass mark.

The school operates from Wynberg Boys’ High School in the evenings during the week.

Last year it had more than 40 students between the ages of 17 and 48 who wrote 66 exam papers from Grade 9 to Grade 12 and scored a total of 33 As and 15 Bs.

According to Carl Schmidt, the centre manager, this is a great achievement for them considering they only started writing end-of-year exams three years ago, writing Computer Literacy, English, Life Orientation, Maths Literacy and Travel and Tourism Studies.

He says the three teachers at the school all put in a great deal of effort every year to make sure their results improve.

Schmidt says the teachers understand the vision of the founders of the school and know that working hard is important.

He says it is not difficult for them to implement and seek grounds for improvement as they deal with matured adults.

“Lot of people somehow did not get the opportunity to finish their education and we give them that chance. You can see the desire and determination in their faces. They all want to improve their lives and achieve something in life. They are hard workers and we are proud of the class of 2018,” Schmidt says. He adds that the class of 2018 proved that education has not limits.

Schmidt says for them it is all about giving back and fighting poverty and unemployment through education.

“The age group we work is a forgotten group. They are regarded as illiterate and often come from socially challenged backgrounds.”

He says the numbers grow annually and currently with 32 students. He says he hopes they will be able to keep the record of 100% and the class of 2019 are encouraged to work hard from the beginning.

Kathy Hutton (34) from Bergvliet says it looks like everyone in her class knows what they want. She says they all have families that are looking up to them.

She says after she heard about the good results she could not wait to join the school.

Hutton is a former drug addict and was expelled from school when she was 14 years old due to her unruly behaviour.

She says life without education has been tough, so she took a step forward to become a better person.

Although the school is now being run by the Western Cape Eduction Department, it was reportedly founded by a local woman in the garage of her home after realising the need for adult classes, as the level of illiteracy was very high in the day.

The school now offers free classes.

V For more information about enrolling, contact Carl Schmidt on 071 896 5850 or email ccschmidtsnr@gmail.com.

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