Despite limited resources, at the small village high school in Pilgrim’s Rest the 2018 Grade 12 group achieved a 91.7% pass rate, placing the school as the third best performing school in the circuit.
Out of the 24 learners who wrote the examinations, nine obtained a bachelors pass and six a diploma pass. Although there were only two distinctions a fair number obtained level 5 and 6 pass marks in various subjects, including mathematics, physical science and life sciences.
Desiree Thibela was the top learner and obtained a distinction in Sepedi. She is hoping for admission to study medicine at the University in Natal and if this dream is not realised, to study for a degree in another health sciences field. Remembrance Ngobe obtained a distinction in Tourism and plans to study at a FET College.
“I’m very proud of these results,” said Teddy Motswane, the school principal. “Of the utmost importance, we want to express our gratitude to the Environmental Centre for once again making their facilities available.” The matriculants not only write their exams at the Centre but also live and study there for the duration of the examinations. Motswane believes that this programme, whereby the learners are free from everyday distractions and able to focus fully on their studies, contributed greatly to the good results.
Motswane said that credit for the learner’s achievements should be given to the educators, the support provided by the parents, and the hard work of the learners. He also acknowledged the ongoing contribution by Transvaal Gold Mining Estates who sponsor two full-time teachers.
With regard to the future, Motswane expressed concern about the need for more classrooms and teachers at the school. Thus far they have enrolled 33 learners for grade 12 and the grade 10 group is overcrowded with 54 learners.