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School aims for 100% pass rate despite difficulties

Khayelitsha's Chris Hani High Principal Madoda Mahlutshana is hoping for another 20% improvement as the Grade 12s start their examinations this week. Photo: Nombulelo Damba/WCN

Khayelitsha's Chris Hani High Principal Madoda Mahlutshana is hoping for another 20% improvement as the Grade 12s start their examinations this week. Photo: Nombulelo Damba/WCN

19.10.2012

Despite learners protesting against their principal following an attack on a Grade 12 learner by two Bambanani security guards last year that left him disabled, Chris Hani High in Khayelitsha is looking forward to an 80% pass rate this year.

The attack on learner Malibongwe Malani caused a number of disruptions at the school, including learners marching to protest at the security guards’ court appearances, but nonetheless results at the school have continued to improve.

In 2010 the matric pass rate was 43%, rising to 64% last year.

Principal Madoda Mahlutshana is hoping for another 20% improvement as the Grade 12s start their examinations this week.

“The year has been good, we targeting to get 80% on matric results. However, we pushing our students to get 100%,” said Mahlutshana, who’s been at the school since 2010.

The school in Khayelitsha’s Makhaza is in one of the poorest urban areas in the province and caters for many learners from the Eastern Cape who migrated to Cape Town in search of better education.

Among the challenges facing the school is that is has no computer lab, no proper sports facilities, vandalism, and no money to maintain proper infrastructure.

But the social and economic difficulties have not prevented the school improving.

“ My students are very dedicated, including their teachers. We have morning and extra classes. Every Saturday my students are at school, including during school holidays, we had winter and spring classes. This year we didn’t have much vandalism because the community is also assisting us,” he said.

When West Cape News visited the school last week, Mahlutshana was motivating Grade 12s before their final exams.

“You are our top priority we do not want any distance, we want all of you to pass. This is an end year exam, please take it seriously. We are going to be very strict, I will be at the venue to make sure nothing is going wrong. Be early and focus on writing to pass, you all have to be disciplined and focus. The most important thing is to get your matric certificate,” said Mahlutshana.

The Grade 12s seems ready for their final exam.

Learner Vuyani Mayekiso, 18, said he and his fellow learners had been studying seven days a week, with no holiday.

Mayekiso said they had to negotiate the challenges of gangsterism in the community and at school but the principal and teachers had warned them not to get involved in such groups.

The school has also invited motivational speakers such as successful former students from time to time.

Some learners have also formed their own study groups in an effort to improve their marks.

“What motivates us mostly is when we see former students coming to teach us at the school. They also bring us forms to apply for next year. We have a drama teacher, Mzuvukile Ncedani, he’s a drama student at the University of Cape Town, where some of us would like go,” said member of the Kalawa study group, Wongezile Manyoni. – Nombulelo Damba

Tags: Bambanani, Chris Hani High, Madoda Mahlutshana, Malibongwe Malani, Mzuvukile Ncedani, Vuyani Mayekiso

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  1. I am a first year student at university of kwazulu natal.i would like to put a hand on increasing a pass rate on your school.i am good on teaching maths and physics.i can teach grade 10,11 and 12.i had pass my matrix last year.i was a teacher on my school but I was just helping my class mate in maths.i will appreciate an response because I realy want to help another student and especial grade 12.

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