SA's top maths and science schools named

2010-11-09 23:04

Pretoria - The top 10 public schools with the best achievement in maths and science in the country were honoured by the department of basic education in Pretoria on Monday night.

KwaZulu-Natal has two in the top ten; Durban Girls' High, and Westville Girls' High all did their province proud.

Two Gauteng schools made it into the top ten: Waterkloof High in Pretoria and Parktown Girls' High in Johannesburg. Two Western Cape school also made the list: Fairmont High in Durbanville and Stellenberg High.

The other schools are: Dendron Secondary School in Limpopo; Eunice High and Grey College in the Free State; and Hudson Park High in the Eastern Cape.

The schools each received R150 000 from Anglo American. The winners were chosen from 200 schools, identified by the department, that achieved excellent maths and science results last year.


The minimum pass rate for maths was set at 60%.

Godfrey Gomwe, chief executive of Anglo America, said he hopes these awards will motivate public schools that are currently busy with the final matric exam.

"Last year only 80 000 out of about 550 000 matriculants passed maths.

"This is particularly alarming given that 1.15 million candidates were enrolled in Grade 10 two years ago," he said.

Anglo American's maths and science awards were introduced in 2003.

Bobby Soobrayan, director general of basic education, said improving achievement in maths and science is the key to the department's Action Plan 2014, which is aimed at improving basic education.

  •  An earlier version of this article stated that Fairmont High School was in KwaZulu-Natal. News24 regrets the error.

  • twolips - 2010-11-10 05:00

    Well done, KZN schools!

      Spyker May - 2011-06-27 18:51

      I would say equally (if not more) remarkable is Dendron Secondary. Trust it will yield the kind of bona fide leaders that will emancipate SA of the last vestige of Apartheid – viz, the ANC and its little lobotomised gibbon...

  • Douglas - 2010-11-10 05:22

    Why give the money to the top performing schools? What kind of bizzaro world is this?

      andrewherholdt - 2010-11-10 07:47

      Because giving money to poor perfroming schools is similiar to rewarding mediocrity, a vice to often seen in RSA!

      Zee - 2010-11-10 08:14

      Because they strive to achieve and are rewarded for the effort. These funds enable them to further that effort and move up to greater success. You'll probably find good governance being practiced in these institutions too, allowing for quality teaching.

      robertgunning - 2010-11-10 09:22

      it's called an incentive. A "bizzaro" world would be to reward under performing schools.

      pwhanekom - 2010-11-10 11:16

      Douglas, you've been in South Africa too long! I know here it's policy to pay ESKOM, ministers and every other idiot who underachieve huge sums of money, but in the rest of the world excellence is rewarded!

  • Ockert - 2010-11-10 08:00

    Maybe a financial boost to non-performing schools would be better ??

  • colleen.geddis - 2010-11-10 08:05

    Is there a Fairmont High School in Natal? the only one I know is in Durbanville in the Western Cape.

  • Linda - 2010-11-10 08:28

    I've heard of Durban Girls High and Westville Girls High - both great schools, but where is Fairmont High in KZN?

      Estell Potgieter - 2011-04-05 04:51

      Durbanville From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Durbanville — Suburb — Durbanville Location within the Cape Town metropolitan area Coordinates: 33°49'57?S 18°38'51?ECoordinates: 33°49'57?S 18°38'51?E Country South Africa Province Western Cape Metropolitan municipality City of Cape Town Time zone South Africa Standard Time (UTC+2) Durbanville is a former town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, it now forms part of the greater City of Cape Town metropolitan area. Durbanville is a rural residential suburb on the northern outskirts of the metropolis and is surrounded by farms producing wine and wheat.

  • Cape Town - 2010-11-10 08:38

    Fairmont High School is in Durbanville, which is situated in the Northen Suburbs of Cape Town. So its 2 for KZN and 2 for the Western Cape. Well done Fairmont and Stellenberg.

      colleen.geddis - 2010-11-10 09:00

      Reporters really should get their facts straight before things are printed. Congratulations Fairmont & Stellenberg!

      mozzer - 2011-04-05 04:04

      @ Colleen Where does it say Fairmont is in KZN?

  • Carl Muller - 2010-11-10 09:01

    Children can get free science and mathematics books at: No copyright, they were compiled by the top people to help improve science and mathematics in grades 10, 11 & 12.

  • byline - 2011-04-05 06:32

    Four out of the 10 schools are Girls' schools. Who still thinks Girls can't do Maths?

      Classified - 2011-04-05 08:18

      One of the schools is an all boys' school known for being a rugby powerhouse. Who still thinks rugby players are stupid?

  • Narima - 2011-04-05 08:37

    Rhodes High in Mowbray is a Dinaledi School but the Physics grade average for March control test was a disgusting 27% same with Math. Why is Department of Education allowing this to happen?

  • Jess - 2011-06-28 09:57

    Woohooo! Go Hudson Park! (That's my old school)

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