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Elswood learners aim high

While the Covid-19 pandemic may have brought to a halt many things, it never stopped Elswood Secondary School learners from achieving top results in the National Senior Certificate exams for 2020.

The Elsies River school’s pass rate jumped by 28.4% from 59% in 2019 to 83.8% for 2020.

This achievement was recognised by the provincial education department as minister Debbie Schäfer made her way to the school to congratulate the learners and teachers on Tuesday 23 February.

A total of 85 learners entered to write the final exams of which 74 wrote and 11 learners never completed.

Ward 26 councillor, Franchesca Walker said she is tremendously proud of the prestigious accolades of the learners.

“Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, these learners pushed through not allowing anything to come in their way of achieving success. These are the very children who live in areas plagued by gang violence.

“Leonsdale is known for the sporadic shootings, and many times these incidents occur in the mornings while learners are walking to school. One can imagine the fear they are faced with walking out of the door every morning, not knowing if they’ll return home safely. The top five learners are all from Leonsdale. A special thanks should also go out to the Walking Bus who walk learners to school and ensure their safety. Our children are the future, so we need to make sure that we are doing everything to ensure their success,” said Walker.

Schäfer congratulated school principal Marlon Kiewiet and the teachers on the improvement.

“Not only is this an incredible achievement during a pandemic, but their number of candidates writing and passing the exam also increased.” 

According to Schäfer the Metro North district achieved an 81.5% pass rate. 

“The district has also ranked in the top 10 districts in the country! Congratulations to director Wendy Horn and her team for an excellent performance.” Schäfer added that those who didn’t achieve their desired results have a second chance. I would encourage all learners who did not pass their exams not to give up and to continue doing whatever they can to complete Grade 12.

“Those that qualify for supplementary examinations must apply by 12 March. Application forms will be available at schools and on the WCED website. Learners can apply for remarks (R120 per subject) and rechecks (R29 per subject) until 10 March.”

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