20 August 2019

Reaching for the Stars!

Learners at Vele Secondary School

Learners at Vele Secondary School

In the words of the late Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world”, so it really is so exciting to see the massive improvement in the matric results of the learners from Vele Secondary School! The Grade 12 pass rate has improved from 38% in 2009 to just over 93% in 2013, a jump of 55%, and 15% higher than the national average. But numbers can be deceiving and it’s only when we dig down into these figures that we understand the real change that’s taking place at Vele.

In 2011 Vele Secondary School had a matric pass rate of 83.4%, but only 13 learners sat for the exams, versus the 96 learners that had started at the school in Grade 8; i.e. 83 learners had not made it through to matric. So even though the pass rate was relatively high, the results were not as positive as they seemed at first glance. Fast forward to 2013 where 43 learners from Vele Secondary School wrote the Grade 12 exams, and an impressive 40 of them passed! And the news gets even better when we look a the quality of these results. Seventeen learners achieved Bachelor Passes allowing them entrance to university, along with 16 distinctions spread across the class of 2013 – one learner alone achieved an impressive seven distinctions!

With close to 500 students currently enrolled, Vele Secondary School represents a real opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the youth of Vhembe. Thank you to the community, the teachers, but most of all to the Grade 12 learners for all their hard work. Let’s make 2014 even better!


4 Responses to Reaching for the Stars!

  1. mabade pfunzo May 9, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    i am mabade pfunzo i study they at vele last year i am one of those people who make the performence of matric become like this i check since when this school was building like this the result is becoming higher each an every year and i like that but my was that when i was in grade 10 i tell myself that when i going to be in grade 12 those grade 12 must get 100percent bt with try our best those class was having 43 learners only 40 pass i like to say to 2014 grd12 make it and be strong read your books forget about something that can make u not loving school do u best i wish u a good lck

    • Creating Schools May 14, 2014 at 8:47 am #

      Thank you so much for your comment Mabade, and for your words of encouragement! Hopefully we’ll see a 100% matric pass rate this year!

  2. mabade Pfunzo April 23, 2015 at 7:28 am #

    2014 they try they bst i wish 2015 get 100% at grade12

  3. Ramabulana Ndivho October 8, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

    I studied at Vele, I did my grade12 on 2014 and everything went well through all the hard work. I just want to wish the class of 2016 all the best! Everyone can make it, and remember everything is in your hands!

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