With a matric pass rate of 98.5% – just short of its 98.6% pass rate achieved in 2011 – Grassdale obtained an impressive result in the 2015 matric exams.
The Grassy Park school also improved on its 95.4% pass rate of 2014.
Other schools in the Grassy Park area also improved on their previous results, with Fairmount boasting a 89.8% pass rate and Grassy Park High a 94.3% pass rate.
Lotus Secondary also improved on its 46.2% pass rate in 2014 and achieved 63.4%.
Pelican Park High obtained a 92% pass rate, while Zeekoevlei experienced a drop in results – from 98.2% in 2014 to 91.3%.
However, provincial education minister Debbie Schäfer says it is important to ensure the quality of passes.
“Given the many challenges our education system faces, improving the quality of education is only possible through sustained interventions in our schools and the hard work of the matrics, their teachers and district officials. It is a multi-year process.
“We are pleased that this effort is reaping results,” she says.
There is also growth in the number of candidates writing and passing Mathematics and Physical Science in the province.
Last year a record number of almost 13 000 matriculants passed Mathematics. The pass rate was 74.9%.
In Physical Science, the numbers passing increased from 11 000 in 2014 to 12 000. Physical Science candidates achieved a 73.3% pass rate.
Great emphasis is also placed on ensuring pupils stay in school for as long as possible.
“We are very encouraged by the improvement in our rate of retention over the past five years. Last year the Western Cape yet again managed to increase our retention rate from 63.8% in 2014 to 66.8%,” she says.