Concordia High School

Concordia

Concordia High School - a double win

Concordia High School boosted its matric pass rate from 55.1% in 2016 to 74.6% in 2017, and learner Sinoxolo Mdasi obtained scholarship to study at UCT.

“All the Western Cape Education Department schools in Knysna came together and bought in to the KILT programme,” says the school's principal, Zamubuntu Blaai. “We have been able to share our experiences to the benefit of each other and our learners.”

Blaai says the priority need for most schools was additional teachers. “We have overcrowded classes and are nowhere near the 40:1 learner-teacher ratio that should apply.”

With KILT funding, Concordia High employed four additional teachers, two receptionists and an assistant, and two helpers for the ablution blocks.

“We were able, for example, to split our Grade 8 class – where we had close to 70 learners – into two classes,” says Blaai. “We have just over 1 000 learners, and parents in our community depend on us for support … KILT has been a tremendous help.”

Grade 12 learners preparing for matric exams attended from two four day residential maths and science camps with external tutors, and blocks of consecutive Saturday classes, which contributed to their success in the year-end exams.