DA concerned over drop in matric pass rate at Lufhereng Secondary School in Soweto

Today the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng conducted an oversight inspection at the Lufhereng Secondary School in Soweto.

This school only managed to achieve a matric pass rate of 51%, a huge drop from the pass rate of 71.8% that was achieved in 2018.

Currently there are only 878 learners at the school with an average of 35 learners per class.

In addition, this school is a container school, which is not fully conducive to teaching and learning.

The school is faced with numerous challenges such as a lack of discipline among different stakeholders at the school, learners not attending extra classes and the Secondary Schools Improvement Plan (SSIP).

Furthermore, the school is still waiting for the Learning and Teaching Support Material (LTSM) to be sent to the school.

There is also a high rate of absenteeism amongst the teachers, which has led to the school’s poor performance in the 2019 matric examinations.

The Department of Education is implementing interventions to ensure that the school’s performance improves this year.

I will be tabling questions in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature to ascertain when the department will be building a brick and mortar school. The DA will also be closely monitoring the implementation of the interventions by the department to increase the matric pass rate for 2020.