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CT high school wants 90 percent pass rate

Grade 12 pupils say they are starting to feel the pressure to perform with their final exams approaching.

Grade 12 pupils say they are starting to feel the pressure to perform with their final exams approaching.

CAPE TOWN - Mfuleni grade 12 pupils say they are starting to feel the pressure to perform with their final exams approaching.

In just over 100 days, the 2012 Matric class will be sitting down to write their end of year exams.

Mfuleni High School principal Thabo Bashe says he would like his school to achieve a 90 percent Matric pass rate.

"The school achieved an 80 percent pass rate in 2011. This year we have a much better group of learners and we're expecting to make the 90s. We'll be happy with 95 percent. However, if we can't, at least we will get 90 percent."

Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant says it is not about quantity, but achieving quality passes.

"I'm not worried about the pass rate, I am worried about the quality of passes and that the learners equip themselves well. There's nothing more important than quality."

Grade 12 Mfuleni High pupil Ziyanda Petshwa says she intends to pass with five distinctions.

"The pressure is there, but we are trying to maintain it. We are studying during the holiday, which is helping a lot."