Two most improved Cape schools lauded by WCED

Mfuleni High School’s pass rate has shot up from 50 percent in 2014 to 79 percent in 2015.

Grade 12 learners received their results on 6 January 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has lauded two of Cape Town's most improved schools.

Education MEC Debbie Schafer visited Lentegeur Secondary School today, as the institution has shown one of the biggest improvements in its pass rate in the province.

Lentegeur Secondary School's matric pass rate has gone up from 68 percent to 84 percent.

Principal Aboebakar Vrieslaar says the school has taken great strides in the last year, especially amid ongoing gang violence in the area.

Vrieslaar praised his matriculants for their hard work and dedication.

MEC Debbie Schafer is expected to visit Mfuleni High School as well, where the pass rate has shot up from 50 percent in 2014 to 79 percent.

BEATING THE ODDS

Meanwhile, the principal of Scottsdene Secondary School, where learning was disrupted for several weeks, has expressed his astonishment at this year's matric pass rate.

Last year, Eyewitness News revealed learning at school was disrupted following a probe into structural defects at new buildings on the school premises.

Tears of joy flowed as school's principal Karel Cupido handed out matriculants' reports.

The school has a pass rate of 81,4 percent, and even though it's a significant drop from last year's 90 percent, Cupido was ecstatic.

He said he expected a pass rate of no more than 70 percent amid challenges surrounding the new buildings.

"We had a learner killed by a train last year. We had a lot of problems with moving learners from the community centres back to the school and we really struggled. A lot of our children even left school because of the [construction]."

The Western Cape has come out as the top performing province in the country with a pass rate of 84 percent.