Matric results mixed bag

Bergvliet High School's top 20 matric pupils. The school celebrated last week after getting their National Senior Certificate results. Out of 193 pupils who wrote, 191 passed, 152 with a Bachelo's pass, 34 with a Diploma pass and five with a Higher Certificate pass. Picture: Facebook

While the Western Cape maintained an above 80% pass rate in the recent National Senior Certificate (NSC) results, four schools in the Constantiaberg Bulletin’s distribution area saw their results take a knock from the previous year.

Zwaanzwyk High School dropped from 96% last year to 93.4%.

Norman Henshilwood High School scored 94.7% compared to 97% in 2018.

Principal Craig George said he would run extra classes for problem subjects.

“When we have extra classes, children don’t participate, and, at the end of the day, it is their future. Parents are also encouraged to get involved in their child’s academic life,” he said.

The Cape Academy of Maths, Science and Technology also saw a drop in results, recording 82.5% compared to last year’s 91.9%, and South Peninsula fell from 99% to 95.2%.

Other schools recorded substantial increases in their average pass marks.

Immaculata High School in Wynberg scored 94% compared to 87.6% in the previous year.

Plumstead High School recorded 95.7% compared to 89.7% last year.

Bergvliet High School rose from 98.7% last year to 99% this year.

Principal Stephen Price said he was thrilled with the achievement. Of the 191 matrics who wrote the exams, 153 got Bachelor passes.

The top pupils were Junain Wei and Cole Stanley, each with seven subject distinctions; Tia Louw and Kuhle Sibotho, with six subject distinctions; and Tyra Grant, Mika Wessels, Abigail Smith, Frances Pohl and Kim Stuck with five subject distinctions.

Wynberg Boys’ High School and Wynberg Girls’ High School both maintained their 100% passes.

Education MEC Debbie Schafer congratulated the matriculants and said she was very pleased with the Western Cape’s pass rate from 81.5% in 2018 to 82.3% in 2019, especially given what she described as the difficulties the province faced with inadequate funding and safety concerns.

The province had the top-three candidates in the country and the top two in maths.