Western Cape education districts and schools awarded for excellence
11 April 2022
The Metro North and Metro Central Education Districts received awards for best performing districts and schools at the National Education Excellence Awards held in Umhlanga on Thursday, 07 April 2022.
Metro North, fondly referred to as “True North”, won second place for the highest percentage of bachelor passes between 2019 and 2021 in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. The district also won second place in the category “Selected Quality Indicators in the 2021 NSC exams for districts serving up to 400 schools”. Metro Central won third place in the same category.
Metro North District Director, Wendy Horn, received a certificate for outstanding achievement in three years – 85% and above. Horn said it takes teamwork to produce these results. “These awards are dedicated to every staff member at both our high and primary schools, to every member in the district office and the colleagues at Head Office. I am so proud of every person who has contributed to ensuring our learners receive the best quality education we can provide. To adapt a quote by Michael Jordan: ‘Talent and individuals win games, but teamwork wins championships.’.”
The Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) was awarded a prize for being the best performing quintile 3 school in the country, based on the highest percentage pass in Mathematics and Physical Sciences in the 2021 NSC exams. COSAT Principal, Tiro Motaung, said the award is an acknowledgement of the hard work of learners and educators. “Furthermore, COSAT’s mission statement is focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). All our FET learners offer Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Information Technology or Computer Applications Technology.”
The Western Cape also had the top performing schools in quintile 5. Westerford High School in Rondebosch claimed the first position and Principal Mark Smith said: "We are extremely proud of the work done by last year's matric cohort and equally proud of all the hard work done by our staff who teach and support the learning process."
Rhenish Girls’ High School and Bloemhof Girls’ High School, both in Stellenbosch, were placed second and third respectively.
Congratulations to all the award winners!