Matrics bring in results

2018-01-16 06:00
Premier Helen Zille, Angela Frances Euston-Brown, education minister Debbie Schafer and head of education in the Western Cape, Brian Schreuder. PHOTO: Nielen De Klerk

Premier Helen Zille, Angela Frances Euston-Brown, education minister Debbie Schafer and head of education in the Western Cape, Brian Schreuder. PHOTO: Nielen De Klerk

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A Fish Hoek learner was among those acknowledged at the Western Cape 2017 National Senior Certificate Awards.

Premier Helen Zille addressed the ceremony, held annually at her residence, Leeuwenhof, on Thursday 11 January.

Angela Frances Euston Brown from Fish Hoek High School received an award for Excellence in Academic Achievement.

The Excellence in Academic Achievement Award is given to the top 50 candidates and is calculated according to the marks obtained in their six best subjects, that fulfil the requirements for the awarding of a National Senior Certificate.

Pass rate improvesA campaign to improve the pass rate of Masiphumelele High School learners has shown results.

In February last year, local community workers began the campaign to boost the pass rate at the school, which had dropped to 48% – the second lowest in the province.

The 2017 pass rate has improved by almost 20%, with Masiphumelele learners achieving a 66.7% pass rate.

Dr Lutz van Dijk, co-director of the Hokisa Children’s Home in Masiphumelele, who spearheaded the campaign, told People’s Post last year that “Masi High School was once the pride of the Masiphumelele community and the whole valley” (“Good news for Masi High”, 24 January 2017).

“The matric pass rate was, at 84%, among that of the top schools in the Western Cape. Due to the protests in Masi since September 2015 and gang-related crime at the school itself, which left one 17-year-old pupil dead last year, the pass rate has dropped to 48%,” he said at the time.

The campaign also looks to address maintenance issues at the school and has raised around R150 000 in funding, Van Dijk says.

This enabled the principal, Mncedi Mafrika, to organise a series of extra tutoring classes over weekends in October and ­November.

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