- Nyanga High School in the Eastern Cape has revealed that they are still looking to improve on their 95.5 percent pass rate from 2019
- This despite having lost time because of the global Covid-19 pandemic
- The schools principal, Khulile Qamata hopes to achieve a 100 percent pass rate this year
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The global coronavirus crisis stopped a lot of things right in their tracks. Education was not left out. Many students found themselves missing many days and even months in the classroom. Despite this, the principal of Nyanga High School in the Eastern Cape is certain he can still achieve a hundred percent pass rate.
The school has been on the mission to improve its pass rate, rising it from a 78.5% pass rate in 2016 to a 95.5% pass rate in 2019, making it one of South Africa's most successful learning institutions.
Ensuring his learners’ mental well-being was looked after was as important as their physical health, said Qamata. The school was proactive before the first lockdown in March, not just in their ability to plan but also to improvise and adapt.
This is why principal Qamata is sure he can still help his learners achieve what may seem like the impossible task of reaching a hundred percent pass rate this year. Unfortunately, the school suffered a covid-19 break out scare, it was quickly shut down and dealt with.
"When we opened, we had 92 learners who tested positive and had to suspend tuition. We converted the hostel into an isolation site.
"We managed to open in 14 days with 100% recovery,” said Qamata. “We are continuing teaching techniques to understand and deal with stress, training educators to teach the learners. We had a special day for the matric learners because their year had been taken away from them. There was no matric dance, no sport, no career guidance. So, we had a special day for them. We got in a motivational speaker. We knew their needs went beyond just learning. We are improvising. It’s not easy.”
Some South African schools have opted out of hosting matric farewells this year due to the crisis. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in SA. Matric farewells are usually a celebration of students managing to complete their year and schooling career. However, it seems that the Covid-19 pandemic has seen some schools reconsidering their plans for the occasion.
The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted many schools to cancel matric farewell celebrations. Department of Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga weighed in on the situation, commenting in a statement that:
"There are two risks to this, the first one is that you could organise a gathering where learners are at a high risk of being infected and when they are infected then it means they will not be able to write the exam for as long as their results indicate that they are positive."
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