The impressive results for two formerly struggling Western Cape schools came from implementing a clear strategy, following through and a real commitment from teachers, learners and their parents.
Here are the best of practices from these inspiring schools.
In 2013 Walmer Secondary School had a pass rate of just 50.9%. In 2014 this increased to an 88.2% pass rate.
Principal: Raymond Jansen
• Extra classes after school
• Saturday classes
• Extra tutors for Afrikaans, Geography, Life Science and Maths
• Committed teachers and leaners
• A mentorship programme
• Summer, winter, autumn and spring school
• An SMS system to communicate with parents
• Never give up. Always see the good in learners no matter what
From 46% to 90%
In 2011 Scottsdene High School was under-performing with a pass rate of 46.2%. They have increased their pass rate year on year with a 90% pass rate in 2014.
Principal: Karel Cupido
• Regular testing of learners who must rewrite tests until they obtain 50%
• Ensure learners perform well in the year and assignments are done properly
• Teachers work longer hours and offer extra classes on Saturday mornings for Maths lit, accounting and economics
• On days learners are not writing finals, extra classes are offered in which they revise past papers supplied by the department
There is no doubting what can be achieved with collaboration and commitment. The challenge now is to get more schools to engage their teachers, learners and parents and follow the example set by Raymond Jansen and Karel Cupido.