Johannesburg - At seven high schools, nobody passed matric.
One of those schools is in Gauteng, two are in Limpopo, two in KwaZulu-Natal, and there is one in each of the Eastern Cape and North West.
The worst school was Mangala Senior Secondary in Libode in the Eastern Cape, where all 56 matrics failed.
In North West, at Sunshine Christian Private in Bojanala, all 27 matrics failed. In Gauteng, the sole matric at Wavelength High in Joburg south failed.
In KwaZulu-Natal, at Ntuli Combined in Ilembe, none of the 16 matrics passed, and at Kwadonsa in Umkhanyakude, the sole candidate failed.
In Limpopo’s Capricorn district, at Alapha Secondary, none of the 20 matrics passed, and at Lehlasedi Combined, none of the nine passed.
Those are among the 126 schools that couldn’t manage a pass rate of even 20 percent. Another 485 schools managed 20 to 39 percent, and 1 224 (a fifth of all schools) had pass rates of 40 to 59 percent.
The zero-pass-rate schools are a tiny fraction of the 6 591 public high schools that wrote the exams.
There were other schools that managed to pass a few pupils but whose results were just as bad.
For example, at Mpingana Senior Secondary in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape, 82 of the 86 pupils who wrote matric failed. At Mpontsheng Secondary in Ekurhuleni, only 81 of 167 matrics passed. It’s one of Gauteng’s worst results.
A badly written note from the principal on Mpontsheng’s website indicates the situation there.
“There were number of challenges that I encountered when I took over as head master; but; unfortunately they were resolved,” says the bizarre note.
“The academic results of the school turn to fluctuate on number of occasions, nevertheless in 2003 we obtained 69 percent pass rate. These results were good because educators were committed and willingly wish to make a difference. But immediately after that; We dropped because of lack of commitment and absenteeism on the part of the educators.”
The department lists 103 schools nationally that scored 100 percent pass rates every year for the past five years. They include 23 schools in Gauteng.
Of the Gauteng schools, Hoërskool Eldoraigne in Tshwane South had the greatest number (312), followed by Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool (213), Randfontein High (206), Jeppe Girls High (167), Crawford College Pretoria (128) and Hoërskool Linden (107).