- The little-known school of Dendron Secondary in rural Limpopo has defied the odds for over 10 years
- For the past decade, the school has annually produced students who make the top 30 national list
- Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga paid tribute to the exceptional school at a departmental event in Midrand
With graduation season upon us, many stories emerge of students excelling against all odds.
However, at a little school in the rural area of Bochum, it's a case of the entire school exceeding expectations.
For the past 10 years, Dendron Secondary School in Limpopo has somehow managed to produce one of the top 30 learners in the country each year.
Briefly.co.za understands that the principal's own child even made the top 30 list during one year.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga spoke at a departmental event in Midrand and paid special tribute to the excellent school.
Motshekga spoke of her disbelief when she visited Dendron:
“When I visited Dendron, I doubted whether the learners knew where they were going. It is deep rural. There were goats. I thought there is no school that can produce 100% consistently, bachelors consistently.”
SowetanLIVE reported that the minister gave credit to learners and the staff for achieving the outstanding results.
Motshekga also recognised the hard work of the school's principal and all the parents of the learners.
Motshekga emphasised the magnitude of their success despite the tough environment:
“What encourages us is that they really hold their own under very difficult conditions.”
Briefly.co.za also learnt that the school has managed to achieve a 100% pass rate for many years.
It was also heartwarming to see the role played by Education MEC Polly Boshielo, as she was lauded via social media.
In related news, Briefly.co.za earlier reported on the 90% pass rate at Maseala Progressive High School.
The school is based in a township just outside of Polokwane and learners celebrated the epic achievement with their parents.
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