Unity Secondary students all did Religious Studies

2016-01-07 06:47
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Johannesburg - At Unity Secondary School in Daveyton, Ekurhuleni, every single matriculant was required to take on religious studies as a subject. 

The school principal, Wandile Makhubu, said he ensured all the students took the subject for their own benefit. 

The subject, was however, a self-study subject.

"Religious studies would have assisted them to get more points. It is not an easy subject but we pushed them to ensure that they all got B's," he said, referring to Bachelor qualifications which are needed to get into university.

Makhubu's methods proved to be beneficial. 

Of the 268 learners who wrote their final exams, 255 of them passed. 

A total of 116 of them obtained Bachelors, while 117 received Diplomas. 

But Makhubu said he never promoted Diploma passes. 

"I just don't like Diploma passes," he said, adding that he also never aimed for Higher Certificate passes. 

Standing among two of his pupils who were honoured in Johannesburg as some of the top learners, Makhubu said he did not accept excuses for poor performances from his learners.  

"We don't have time for excuses," he said. 

Makhubu said at his school poverty, money problems, or child-headed homes would never be accepted as an excuse for poor results  

"We can't compromise on success," he said. 

He echoed Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi's sentiments that education was the way out of poverty. 

"Good results will equal free education throughout [university]," he said. 

Makhubu's learners scooped 85 distinctions.

He said he was proud of their achievement despite their being a slight drop in the results in comparison to 2014. 

"I'm proud as a father," he said. 

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