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Beauvallon High underperforms

The school is now listed as one of the underperforming schools in the Western Cape.

Beauvallon High is now listed as one of the underperforming schools in the Western Cape. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A high school in Valhalla Park in Cape Town continues to be dogged by problems.

Beauvallon High School has been fighting attempts to have it shut down by the Western Cape Education Department.

But the school has very little to celebrate on Tuesday with less than half of its matrics passing their final exams.

Beauvallon High is now listed as one of the province's underperforming schools.

The class 2013 obtained a pass rate of just over 40 percent, 10 percent less than in 2012.

Acting Principal David Lawn says it has been a tough year with the Western Cape Education Department trying to shut its doors.

This has been compounded with only 14 of the school's 31 grade 12s passing matric.

But Lawn remains optimistic and has commended the other grades, which have all seen an improvement in their pass rates.

Meanwhile, matrics at a Manenberg school which was been severely affected by gang violence have beaten the odds.

Manenberg High School achieved a 64 percent pass rate with 10 learners obtaining the requirements to go to university.

In 2013, the school was forced to temporarily close due to ongoing gang violence in the area.

Principal Thurston Brown stood proud today while addressing the class of 2013, praising them for not allowing their circumstances to affect their matric year.

He says while the matric pass rate has not improved since 2012, more of his students have qualified for university.

Brown says that is an achievement on its own.

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