Principal changes learners’ fortunes

2017-01-12 06:01
=Andiswa Mbola (left) and Siphokazi Rangula from Solomon Mahlangu High School celebrate their excellent matric results.                             PHoto: Cara-Lee Dorfling

=Andiswa Mbola (left) and Siphokazi Rangula from Solomon Mahlangu High School celebrate their excellent matric results. PHoto: Cara-Lee Dorfling

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For the third consecutive year Solomon Mahlangu High School has increased and held its top position in KwaNobuhle as the school with the best matric results.

Although the matrics, teachers and parents of Solomon Mahlangu High School out-side Uitenhage worked hard to realize the dream of a 100% pass rate, they missed it by just under 20%.

Principal Mncedi Mtengwana’s unshakeable faith in the potential of his pupils is as firm as a rock. “At least we are now in the region of 80%. It can only improve from here,” he said on Thursday after the results were released.

“I cannot say I am not disappointed. I am still very satisfied with and proud of the 81% who indeed passed. This year we aim to work even more intelligently and make the extra hours count.”

The school’s pass rate of 81% is its highest yet.

As recently as four years ago the school’s matric pupils had struggled to attain a pass rate higher than 30%.

In 2013 the school opened for the matrics a week before the rest of the country’s schools in order to give them a head start. In addition, a month before the final examinations, pupils camped in the school’s classrooms in order to prepare themselves collectively and strongly focused on their final examinations.

In 2015 Mtengwana said they were very satisfied with a 76% pass rate and they hoped to see the whole matric class pass.

Andiswa Mbola (19), one of the matrics, who celebrated her results at the school on Thursday, said that each matric had done his or her best, and had put in long hours, and it would not have been possible without the support of the principal.

“The Principal was always the last one who went home. No matter how long the evening classes continued, he was there and he made sure we received extra tuition,” said Mbola.

Amongst the past matriculants who collected their results at the school, this year’s matric class presented themselves for their 2017 school year.

“The new matrics started school on Tuesday. The first days of administration having been done, today we can begin learning in earnest. This year’s matriculants must also do better than the class of 2016,” said Mtengwana.

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