Hector Peterson Secondary School held a valedictory ceremony and prize-giving for its 279 matrics last Friday as they prepared to write their final exams.
Principal Michael Mavovana said the school had worked hard – including organising a maths camp and arranging tutors for struggling pupils – to improve maths literacy and the average result had increased from 47% in the June exams to 87% in exams written last month.
“In most of the subjects our students are doing well,” he said.
One of the school’s top maths literacy pupils, Ntuthuko Magobolo, advised his fellow pupils to revise more often and tackle old exam papers.
Mr Mavovana – who was named second runner-up in the Excellence in Secondary School Leadership category of the National Teaching Awards held earlier this month – also appealed to churches and charities to provide any kind of assistance to the school, which had borne the costs of feeding the pupils during the maths camp when pupils had been at the school from 7am to 6pm.