From 55% to 84%: Elswood High School in CT celebrates the class of 2020

The class of 2020 had an extremely difficult year due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

A screenshot of Elswood High School that became a centre of hope for all the learners who set foot on their school grounds; with the class of 2020 achieving 84% pass rate. Picture: Graig-Lee Smith/Eyewitness News.

CAPE TOWN - Thousands of pupils from across the country have been celebrating their results on Tuesday while for some it’s time for reflection.

The class of 2020 had an extremely difficult year due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite all the challenges, the class of 2020 persevered and completed their schooling year.

One particular school in Cape Town went against all odds and received record-high results.

Elswood High School became a centre of hope for all the learners who set foot on their grounds.

The school’s matric class of 2019 achieved a 55% pass rate.

It received an increase of 29% with the class of 2020 achieving an 84% pass rate.

School principal Marlon Kiewiet said this was a collaborative effort.

“[It's all thanks to] Teachers that have gone the extra mile. They have gone beyond the call of duty.”

But how did they go from a 55% pass rate to 84%?

“Weekly and weekends we also have profiled our learners to establish an identity, to say which of our learners are struggling.”

Kiewiet said they would continue with what he called their winning recipe in 2021.

Download the Eyewitness News app to your iOS or Android device.