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School's 1 pass out of 650

By unknown | Dec 07, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Elisha Molefe

Elisha Molefe

Kgononyane High School in Ganyesa, North West is now a serious contender for the dubious distinction of being the nation's Worst Ever School.

Only one child from a total of 650 from grades 7 to 11 passed the final exams which bodes ill for the school's matric results expected within two weeks.

The school principal, his deputy and senior teaching staff have been summoned to the capital, Mafikeng, where they will face a tribunal to answer tough questions tomorrow.

"There's going to be lots of blood on the floor. Lots of scalps will be claimed tomorrow," said one senior education official.

Everyone - from the provincial department of education MEC Johannes Tselapedi, pictured right, to premier Edna Molewa - is hopping mad.

An angry Charles Raseala, North West's provincial spokesman for education, said the tragedy was that his department had thrown every resource possible at the school for it to succeed.

In a remote village where tumble-down mud structures are the norm, Kgononyane has modern brick buildings, a computer section, a fully-resourced laboratory and qualified teachers headed by a principal and a deputy.

"We have recalled heads of the school from their holidays to come and give us answers. We want answers," Raseala said.

Education area manager, Shatuwani Makhado was scathing in his attack on squandered resources.

He said he couldn't understand how or why such a well-funded and resourced school could fail so miserably.

His office, he said, had given the school all the help possible to make sure it became one of the best schools in the province.

They had even, on 29 occasions, sent education officials to the school when they needed help with specific issues.

Random calls to Ganyesa revealed the village was gutted by the news.

"The full implication of this will be felt for years to come," said one devastated parent.


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