A 100% pass rate for deaf school
Matric pupils at the KwaThintwa School for the Deaf in KwaZulu-Natal achieved a 100% pass rate for the fifth year in a row.
More than that‚ every one of the learners achieved at least one distinction. One student‚ Sthembiso Thabethe from Bhobhonono in Cato Ridge‚ scored three As.
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Sthembiso’s uncle‚ Nkosingiphile Thabethe‚ said “as a family we are over the moon. This has not been an easy journey for the child especially because he lost both his parents at a very young age. In addition he had a history of lengthy hospitalisation impacting on his academic progress. But his resilient and focus was undeterred. As a family we will continue to support his goal in becoming a teacher.”
KwaThintwa School for the Deaf was established in 1981 by the Archbishop Dennis Hurley‚ the well-known anti-apartheid cleric.
The school’s principal‚ Dr Mavis Naidoo‚ said: “For deaf learners to achieve such commendable results is no easy task. I firmly believe that this proves that all students have the potential to succeed if they have access quality education in a ‘learning enriched school’.
The key is effective leadership committed teachers who believe in their students and most of all is school that has a shared commitment to high expectations for its learners. To this end the school community needs to be thanked.