Under-performing schools voice confidence in Matriculants
Principals of two Free State schools say they have worked hard to turn around last year's poor showing
TWO under-performing schools in Free State are confident they have prepared enough and their Matric pupils will achieve better results than previously at the end of the year.
Sowetan yesterday visited Vulamasango Secondary in Mangaung and Lefikeng Secondary in Botshabelo, where matriculants were busy writing preliminary examinations.
The principals of both schools said they had worked hard to turn around last year's poor showing.
Meshack Medupi, principal of Lefikeng Secondary, said his school achieved 47,5 % last year and is expecting a 90% pass rate with some distinctions this year.
"It is a target that we aim to achieve," Medupi said.
"The way we prepared this year, nothing is impossible. We sat down with teachers, parents and pupils and together we set goals.
"We started teaching three days before the schools opened in January. I am happy everybody came on board and were supportive of each other."
During the mid-term examinations the school obtained 90,8 %.
"Our pupils have been at school every day this year. At weekends we taught pupils mathematics and physical science.
"We also partnered with other schools to exchange teachers at weekends to assist pupils.
"Our pupils are also sent to study camps at weekends. I am happy that their parents are also supportive," Medupi said.
Vulamasango Secondary principal, Nkululeko Khalipa, said the school achieved 40,15% last year, and had improved to 63% during mid-term examinations this year.
"We hope to improve the mid-term results to 80% at the end of year," Khalipa said.
"I am proud that our pupils and teachers have shown commitment and dedication.
"Parents and the school governing body are also supportive of the pupils."
Both principals attributed last year's poor results to late-coming, absenteeism and a lack of commitment from teachers, pupils and parents.
Free State MEC for education Tate Makgoe said the province was expecting an 80% pass rate this year.
Makgoe said with the preparations, resources and hard work by teachers and pupils, 80% was not a "dream".
Last year the province achieved a 75,7 % pass rate.
Last year 26,3% of pupils in the province obtained university exemption and the department wants to increase that to 30%.
Makgoe said 247,771 pupils in the province will be writing matric exams this year.