GARDEN ROUTE SCHOOLS NEWS - Wittedrift High School's matriculants not only ensured that the school was the only state school in Plettenberg Bay and Knysna to achieve a 100% pass rate for 2019, but also raked in a plethora of distinctions.
This result also contributed to ensuring that the two coastal holiday towns not only exceeded the Eden District and Western Cape pass rate, but also the national one.
Plettenberg Bay and Knysna managed an 87.5% pass rate while Eden received 84.1%, The Western Cape 82.3% and nationally 81.3% of learners made the grade.
Top of Wittedrift's Class of 2019 was Usiphile Matikiti with an average of 77% and four distinctions and close on her heels was Siphokazi Mtwa with an average of 76.3% and two distinctions. Mart-Mari Koekemoer took the third spot with an average of 75.9% and three distinctions. Dylan Annandale managed an average of 75.3% for the fourth spot and also received four distinctions. Adam Shields secured the final spot in the top five with the same average as Annandale, but with two distinctions.
Wittedrift High School principal Jeremy Marallich said he was very proud of his school's achievement and attributed the success to dedicated teachers and learners, and support from the Western Cape education department. When Matikiti went to the school to check her results on 8 January, she said there were many long nights of studying behind her distinctions. She plans on studying Pharmacy shortly. Mtwa said she was happy with how the exams panned out and that her hard work paid off. The young matriculant plans on studying Law in the near future.
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