The school governing body of the Vulumzi senior secondary school in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape has awarded teachers and top learners certificates and trophies for their outstanding work during matric exams. The school recorded an 80 percent pass rate under very limited resources. Some learners will now enrol at various universities to realise their dreams of becoming doctors, engineers and pilots.
The Eastern Cape class of 2021 recorded a 73 percent matric pass rate, the second-highest improved province by a 4.9 percentage point increase from 68.1 percent in 2020. This is despite losing 58 percent of teaching time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mzimkhulu Fina is the principal of the school which is situated in Motherwell Township.
“We are Vulumzi senior secondary school, we are so happy with the pass rate which keeps improving every year. It didn’t just happen out of the blue, there is a lot of dedication involved, and teachers are dedicated. We thought teachers who achieved 80 to 90 percent; let’s reward them and top learners. This will have a positive impact; we believe it’s necessary,” says Fina.