’Plain schools awarded NSC honours

Spine Road High School’s top 2021 matric achievers are Hanaan Omar, Kiara Geland, Lee Fredericks and Nadirah Arendse.

Two Mitchell’s Plain schools topped the Western Cape Education Department’s (WCED) matric 2021 results at Leeuwenhof.

Schools from across the province were acknowledged and rewarded at the national senior certificate (NSC) 2021 awards ceremony on Thursday February 3.

Darul Arqam Islamic High School (DAIHS), in Eastridge, received an award for being among the top 10 schools in the province with the greatest increase in the percentage of candidates achieving access to Bachelor’s degree studies over the period from 2019 to 2021.

Principal Sheikh Ebrahim Dawood commended the DAIHS class of 2021 and their teachers for their achievements.

“We are appreciative of the honour of receiving this award as well as for the recognition of the hard work of our management board, teachers and learners of our school,” he said.

He said they had been working for years towards and striving for this achievement

“We can only improve in the future, which is our goal,” said Sheikh Dawood.

Premier Alan Winde, Darul Arqam Islamic High School principal Sheikh Ebrahim Dawood, Education MEC Debbie Schäfer and provincial head of education Brent Walters.

Spine Road High School top 2021 matric achievers Nadirah Arendse, Kiara Geland, Lee Fredericks and Hanaan Omar received awards for their excellent achievement across the province, including independent schools.

This is awarded to the top 40 candidates according to the marks obtained in their best six subjects that fulfil the requirements for the award of a NSC, that is two languages, mathematics and three other subjects excluding life orientation, provided that the candidates are drawn from former apartheid segregation systems, including black African schools, which was the responsibility of the Department of Education and Training (DET); coloured schools, which were administered by the House of Representatives (HOR); Indian schools by the House of Delegates (HOD); and white schools by the House of Assembly (HOA) and new WCED schools.

Mark Fairbairn, principal of Spine Road High School in Rocklands, said: “Our learners did extremely well”.

The four pupils each received R10 000 and Hannan also received a laptop.

Mr Fairbairn congratulated Life Sciences teachers George Rose and Tasleema Gabriels for placing 13th on the Department of Basic Education’s subject list.

He also praised the excellent performances of all pupils from the Mitchell’s Plain community, “to overcome so many obstacles and yet deliver these results that can compare with the best from the more advantaged schools.”