PHAKATHI SECONDARY MATRIC CLASS TO MAKE ITS DEBUT
By: Sihle Makhowana
A Marianhill based school has slowly made the transition from being a primary school, to a combined school, and now a secondary school.
Situated in the heart of Marianhill, Phakathi Secondary School has high hopes for it first matric class.
Deputy Principal Thulisile Mzaliya acknowledged that it has not been easy to accommodate learners due to the shortage of staff.
“I must say, the odds are really against us. We do not have qualified teachers to teach at FET level but the department has promised to give us qualified and experienced teachers to help
prepare our learners and we are still waiting for them to deliver,” said Mzaliya.
According to Mbuso Nzimande, one of the teachers, the decision to transform the school from primary to secondary was a notion led by former Principal Vincent Ndlovu.
“Principal Ndlovu was the one pushing for the school to become a secondary which he did with the then school governing body and the department,” said Nzimande.
The school was feeding neighbouring high schools such as KwaSanti Secondary School and Margot Fontein.
“It would have been better if we opted for something different, become a school of technology or something different instead of following the rest,” added Nzimande.
Matric pupil, Lungelo Mbambo told Journalismiziko how they have been preparing themselves as the first matric class.
“The level of dedication and commitment from us as learners is at its high, we have early morning classes which start at seven in the morning just to give ourselves a head start,
As the first matric class, these ambitious learners have set goals to achieve for the school and for themselves.
“The teachers are doing their level best to make sure we do the school proud and lead by example as the first matric class. We are aiming for 75 percent.
I know it is an ambitious target and we are a little out of our depth but I believe it is possible. With the calibre of learners and the schools great passing record, I say anything is possible,” Mbambo added.
The KZN 2014 matric pass rate took a dip, with the province recording its lowest drop in the matric pass rate from 77.4% in 2013 to 75.8 in 2014.
The province has the biggest matric class in 2014. KZN had over 139 000 matric learners but still failed to come out tops.
According to Mzaliya, Phakathi Secondary’s contribution will surely have an impact since the fall of 2014.