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Westridge High School names and shames matric failures

A booklet has been distributed at Westridge High School, allegedly naming and shaming of matric pupils who failed their June exams.

It is alleged that several learners at Westridge High School have dropped out as a result of the humiliation brought upon them by the document.

Cindy is concerned with the way Westridge High School has approached the issue of matric successes and failures.

We already have so many children out there who do not attend school. How are we promoting that encourages students to give up. Other pupils do not respond well to embarrassment.

Cindy, concerned listener

Paddy Atwell, Director of Communications at the Western Cape Education Department says the document is an unacceptable manner to deal with poor academic performance.

Naming and shaming is definitely not an appropriate approach to help struggling learners. We need to determine whether the school is unsympathetic to struggling learners.

Paddy Atwell, Director of Communications at WCED

The booklet lists the learners names and indicates the number of subjects failed in their June exams. It was distributed to the matriculants along with their June results as well as to parents during a school meeting.

It was decided in 2014 that matric results would no longer be published with the names of learners, as there is often shame associated with poor results and failures.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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