Local school ups passrate by sixteen per cent

KANYAMAZANE – For the first time in its history, Thembeka Secondary School was among the cream of schools, boasting outstanding 2016 matric results in the Mngwenya Circuit.

The school achieved an overall 89,58 per cent pass rate from its previous 72,98 per cent. Of its 96 candidates, 30 qualified for bachelor, 39 for diploma and 17 for certificate studies.

“This indicates a 16,6 per cent increase. Hard work and working as a team between the teachers, parents, the school governing body and the community plus the learners themselves assisted us in achieving these results,” explained Mr Doctor Maseko, the deputy principal.
Maseko added that the school is doing well in the so-called difficult subjects, which are mathematics, physical science and accounting. The school’s matric class of 2016 achieved a 100 per cent pass rate in accounting, 94,4 per cent pass in physical science and 74 per cent pass in mathematics.

“We are so proud of the class of the 2016,” he said.
The school had 87 matric candidates, including the progressed learners. “We had more progressed learners; some did not write all the subjects and will write this coming June. The number of progressed learners did affect us a lot, but with our dedicated teachers, we managed to achieve these results,” added Maseko.

The school’s top learner, Tshepiso Shongwe achieved distinctions in mathematics, physical science and life orientation and level six in life science, geography, siSwati and English.
The soon-to-be student at the Medical University of Southern Africa says determination and hard work was how she earned these outstanding results. “I concentrated on my studies. We were at school every day of the exams from 08:00 until 22:00 studying seriously and doing revision with our teachers. When I got home, I would only sleep until 03:00 to continue with my studies,” said Tshepiso.

Mingling among the learners, Mpumalanga News learned that most students received poor marks in accounting, which they said was caused by the fact that they had an accounting teacher for only a few months before the exams. “If the school could have corrected that and ensured that all subjects received equal attention, we would have performed far better,” said some of the now-former learners.
Also read: Thembeka’s results increased

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