MEC Belinda Scott visits KwaThintwa School for the Deaf

MEC Scott celebrates good matric results with KwaThintwa School for the Deaf

Top performer matriculants were awarded with trophies and certificates at KwaThintwa School for the Deaf.

Nkosinathi Madonda and Nomonde Nxumalo were awarded with the top achievers in the school’s Matric Class of 2017. The school achieved the seventh 100 percent matric pass last year.

Nkosinathi (2017 Headboy) lead by example as he achieved a bachelor’s pass, despite his hearing challenge. His classmate, Nomonde also achived the same results. Both the learners will be studying the Information Technology at the Durban University of Techology this year.

The school held two boot camps last year in which subject advisors taught 300 learners various subjects, including mathematics and science, to improve their matric pass. Today the school celebrated the fruits of that hard work. Of 90 learners that wrote matric at this school, 37 achieved A symbol.

Addressing audience at the school, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Finance, Belinda Scott, was over-the-top when the school she adopted three years ago achieved the spectacular pass.

You are wonderful children. You overcame your challenge to achieve these good results. You are a proof that if you work hard, you can achieve anything you want – no matter the challenge you are facing. We are proud of you, said MEC Scott congratulating the learners.

Learners from other schools who participated in the boot camps were also awarded with certificates and trophies for their good results.

MEC Scott said it was encouraging that learners achieved such good results when education was under enormous pressure.

She said government was had had budget cuts, asking departments to make do with less.

We are looking towards our administrators to turn things around using the limited resources available. KwaThintwa is a case-in-point and the results are showing. These matric results reflect on the good leadership of the school principal, Dr Mavis Naidoo, and her management. They have made KwaThintwa a centre of excellence. Here, we have a principal who does not believe that being deaf is a hinderance, said MEC Scott.

The MEC adopted the school three years ago. She has made donations for various resources to ensure that the school for which learners come from humble background.

As leaders in our communities, we need to get closer to our various institutions and render the necessary assistance to our less privileged communities.

The continued improvement of the matric pass rate requires, not just the leadership of the department of education, but the collective effort by people in various sectors and everyone has a role to play, said Scott.

School principal, Dr Naidoo, was excited to see the school reaping rewards for hard work. We are celebrating hard work. We will continue to work hard and make our input to improve the quality of education for our learners, said Dr Naidoo.

She said it was encouraging that three other schools that had participated in the boot camp had improved their final results an indication that the camp was useful.

The school was founded by Archbishop Dennis Hurley in 1981, recognising the challenge faced by the children with disabilities.

Source: Government of South Africa