Kuyasa Combined School managed to improve its matric pass rate of 2018 by 6.05% to 89.83%, maintaining their position as the top-performing school in Ndlambe for the second consecutive year, beating Port Alfred High School by just half a percentage point.
In the district, Hoërskool PJ Olivier was tops with a 100% matric pass rate, and rising from third position it held last year (83.33%). In second place this year was Victoria Girls High School with a 97.4% pass rate (down from 100% in both 2017 and 2018). In third place was Graeme College with a 93.87% pass rate, dropping three percentage points from its 2018 result.
PAHS scored 89.33%, a great improvement on its 2018 result of 82.81%.
Yet the accolades in Ndlambe go to Kuyasa which has proven, once again, that community support along with dedicated teachers and a fine work ethic can produce great results.
“By the grace of God, these young men and women have come from an unstable environment and yet achieved so much,” said Kuyasa principal Xolani Mayana.
“They may now become a beacon of hope in our communities to help break the poverty cycle and return a sense of optimism to the people. My sincere thanks go to the teachers, the pupils as well as the parents of the matriculants for all their help and support over the year. But, watch this space; the best is yet to come.”
Mayana’s staff were still working on the various statistics at the time of writing as Mayana himself was busy teaching a maths and science class with pupils who are entering their matric year in 2020.
“It’s never too early to start, and these pupils want to learn,” he said.
At Port Alfred High School the 38th matric class achieved 37 bachelor passes, up from 28 in 2018. Of the 75 candidates, 67 passed.
“Port Alfred High School now holds the number two spot in terms of the number of bachelor passes achieved, second only to Victoria Girls High in the Grahamstown circuit,” said acting Principal, Dr Ian Knott-Craig.
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