DEDICATION to improve the quality of education at their school has earned a Nelson Mandela Bay high school an award for their drastically improved matric pass rate last year.
Sanctor High School, in Bethelsdorp, received the very first ATKV Star School award on Tuesday night for their hard work and perseverance after the school improved its pass rate from 67.6% in 2012 to 85.2% last year.
Teachers, as well as last year’s top matric pupils, were also lauded for their role in the achievement and handed certificates.
At the awards ceremony, principal Apollis January said they were “well aware” a school’s success is measured by their matric results.
He said that was the reason many schools snubbed gateway subjects like maths and science and “preferred” the easier ones.
However, he said the fact that Sanctor High still encourage pupils to choose maths and natural sciences rather than mathematical literacy as subjects, was “praiseworthy”. – Chanice Koopman