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SITEKI – Try another school! That’s reportedly the message which many schools have issued to pupils who failed Form III in the 2018 academic year.
The Junior Certificate (JC) results released on Monday reflected that a total of 3 512 pupils failed.

As such, these pupils are required to repeat the class or re-sit the failed subjects in order for them to proceed to the next level.
However, their future currently looks bleak as they have reportedly been rejected by many schools.

In Lubombo, some of the worse performing schools have advised pupils who did not make it to find alternative schools as there are no places for Form III failures.

“Where should the pupils go? Nobody will accept them with poor grades,” said a parent at one of the worse performing schools in the region.
However, the head teacher of the school was not immediately available for comment hence it could not be confirmed if indeed the administration had taken a decision to reject all Form III failures.

Meanwhile, some other head teachers in schools around Lubombo said they were yet to decide on what to do with the Form III failures.
“We are still going to meet with the teachers to decide on what to do with the pupils who did not make it,” said Langa High School Head teacher, Celani Mahlalela.

He added that in the past, Form III failures bebatibonela (would decide where to go).


However, he hinted that this year, the school could allow back all the Form III failures since the numbers were high.
A summary of the JC results reflects that a total of 27 pupils failed at Langa High.

At Siteki Nazarene, the school administration is yet to decide on whether the 11 pupils who did not make it would be allowed back to class.
Head teacher Phindile Makhanya said they would decide on what to do with the Form III failures when schools open in two weeks’ time.
She said currently, the school administration was busy with admissions of new pupils.


Phumzile Nkumane, the Head teacher at Mpundle High School, said she was hopeful that the two pupils who did not make it would get improved grades after remarking.
Two years ago, pupils who failed Form III at Mphundle High were demoted to Form II and the school administration explained at the time that this was due to the fact that there were limited spaces in Form III.

Meanwhile, Lasi (Ngcina) High School administration has agreed to allow the 12 pupils who did not make it to return to class.
However, they would be allowed on condition that they take all the subjects.

“We don’t want them to take only the subjects which they failed since this would result in them not attending some classes,” said Head teacher Victus Hlophe.
Tikhuba High School Head teacher Dumisani Dlamini said he would allow the three pupils who failed Form III to return to enrol again so they could repeat the class.

When sought for comment, Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Education and Training Dr Sibongile Mtshali could not say whether head teachers were in violation of education regulations by rejecting Form III failures.


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