Meadowlands High can hold its head high again
DESPITE the controversy surrounding Meadowlands High School in Soweto, its matric class achieved a 78,3% pass rate - a big improvement on the previous year's 58%.
In 2011, South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) leader and the school's principal Moss Senye, along with teacher Fancy Phehle, were suspended for allegedly assaulting a pupil.
But the ensuing upheaval at the school did not obstruct its matric achievement, with 103 of its 134 matriculants passing. Pupils and staff are upbeat about the results.
Excited Aaron Sambo (18) from Meadowlands, who qualified to go to university says: "Hopefully I'll go to Wits (Witwatersrand University) to study bio-medical science."
English teacher Tshediso Matshediso believes the school has more potential.
"We can still get 100%," she says.