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Additional courses assist Stellenbosch no-fee faculty to spice up…

Kylemore Secondary Faculty in Stellenbosch achieved a matric pass rate of 95.1% when the results of the 2022 exams had been launched on 20 January. It was a 5.5% enchancment over the earlier yr’s 89.6% go charge, and probably the college’s highest go charge. (It was the very best since 2010 when the Department of Basic Education (DBE) began compiling knowledge on go charges, and no knowledge can be found for the years earlier than that.)

 “We’re actually stunned that [the pass rate] was so good. We had a couple of college students who we struggled with by the yr, however on the finish of the yr they confirmed that they did put in. We’re comfortable for them,” stated Gavin Baxter, the appearing deputy principal.

“We’ve got round seven topics the place now we have a 100% go charge,” stated Tertia Jefthas, the appearing principal. These topics embody English First Extra Language, Bodily Sciences and Afrikaans.  

Of the 102 learners who wrote the matric examination, 38 acquired a Bachelor’s go, 38 a Diploma go and 21 a Increased Certificates go.  

Additional courses

Baxter stated one of many causes for the college’s excessive go charge was its dedication to offering additional courses, together with on Saturdays. Learners had been additionally pushed to attend after-school courses, with additional courses being made obtainable throughout the examination durations and all through many of the tutorial yr.  

Carin Venter, Kylemore Secondary’s former principal, addresses the Class of 2022. (Picture: Joel Ontong)

Baxter stated of the courses: “They evidently labored while you take a look at the outcomes we received. And you already know it’s troublesome to get a toddler right here on Saturdays.”  

The varsity often has winter and spring faculties, taught by academics from exterior the college whom the learners is probably not used to, which lessens their capability to soak up the work, stated Baxter.

“We tried to encourage them, pull them in and preserve them busy until the tip,” stated Jefthas. “We’ve got a successful recipe, however we additionally pray lots. The Class of 2022 have now set the bar; they’ve set the usual. However for the Class of 2023, they need to enhance it.”

“It’s a must to stroll with the matrics by the entire yr,” stated Carin Venter, a former principal of Kylemore Secondary. She believes that checking in with learners, caring about them, loving them, and motivating and supporting them are important. 

Venter instructed the 2022 matrics: “We did what we might. We had additional courses, I fetched individuals at residence, I begged individuals, I made cellphone calls and you probably did what you can.”

From left: Ralphton Adams, a ward councillor within the space; Carin Venter, former Kylemore Secondary principal; and Tertia Jefthas, appearing principal of the college. (Picture: Joel Ontong)

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Baxter stated the college had confronted quite a few challenges in 2022, together with not having sufficient sources. It’s a no-fee public faculty, which falls within the Quintile 2 class. “Quintile 2 faculties cater for the [second] poorest 20% of faculties,” in accordance with the DBE

“Many of those children come from very troublesome circumstances,” stated Baxter. Some come from close by casual settlements, whereas others journey through bus from Klapmuts, La Motte, Franschhoek and different areas.

“We’re in want in lots of facets,” stated Baxter. The academics usually use their very own funds to purchase sources like printing paper.  

The learners confronted challenges together with the Covid-19 pandemic and rolling blackouts. Baxter stated that those that taught the Class of 2022 in Grade 10 laid a stable basis for his or her following grades. “One thing proper is being performed right here, with the little issues we get.”  

Pleasure of their faculty

The learners of Kylemore Secondary expressed pleasure of their faculty. Markon Davids, a 2022 matric pupil, stated he hoped this yr’s matrics can do even higher than them, whereas fellow pupil Matayo Hendriks stated  the additional courses had been actually useful.

Although rolling blackouts had been a problem for the learners, they tailored by managing their time, stated Vernon Conradie, one other matric pupil of 2022. 

Leighthan Julies is Kylemore Secondary’s top-achieving 2022 matric pupil and headboy. (Picture: Joel Ontong)

Leighthan Julies, Kylemore Secondary’s prime attaining 2022 matric pupil and head boy, who handed all his topics with a B mixture, stated: “That is good for me as a result of it’s the expectation that I set for myself. I knew there have been going to be some topics that I wasn’t going to take action effectively in, however I did higher this yr than final yr.  

“My mom raised me alone; she was a single dad or mum. The rationale why I labored so laborious was to make her proud. So, it was simply to indicate that the whole lot she does for me isn’t for nothing.

“I don’t come from a wealthy family. My mom had jobs and left jobs; with a single dad or mum it’s actually troublesome.” 

He stated an important traits for tutorial success are endurance and confidence.

Venter stated Julies, who will examine Human Sources at Stellenbosch in  2023, was a “dream pupil”.  

“We’re grateful that the scholars labored so laborious. They function motivation for this yr’s matric class. The group this yr should attempt to attain the identical heights. If they’ll do this, then it can make us very comfortable,” stated Baxter. DM


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