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St Francis’ College’s academic efforts rewarded

Jabulani B. Nzama, principal of St Francis College-Mariannhill, displays the accolades that his received at the Ethekwini Region awards ceremony.

A Mariannhill Catholic School was recognized by Durban’s Ethekwini Municipality, for high level of academic excellence and a hundred percent pass rate during the 2011 academic year.  The purpose of these awards is to recognize schools and students that show outstanding achievement and educational improvement.

The award ceremony, sponsored by the Ethekwini Municipality and the NEDBANK, was held at the Suncoast Conference Centre, Durban.

Jabulani B. Nzama, principal of Mariannhill Secondary School, commonly known as St Francis College, Accepted the award, saying the school’s achievement over the years is a result of a collective effort of both school management and educators.

Mr. Nzama said the school’s recognition in the Ethekwini region will serve as a morale booster for the entire staff and work even harder in order to maintain the high academic standards that the school is known for.

“Our main aim is to maintain the 100% pass rate while at the same time improving on the number of distinctions,” said Mr. Nzama.

At the award ceremony a St Francis College learner, Thokozane Mchunu, was presented with an academic award by the Ethekwini Municipality and a Check for R10 000 from NEDBANK to support her further education. Ms. Mchunu, who is currently enrolled at Wets University, attained a 100% in her matric accounting examination.

Mr. Nzama said among the challenges his school faces is that of outside influence. He pointed out that the school in the recent past decided to take day scholars and most of them arrive late since they stay in townships.

In addition, the lack of parents’ involvement at school level, in spite of them having high academic expectations of their children, is a major problem.

“Also the school is left in financial challenges when some parents and guardian fail to pay for their children’s fees,” said the Principal.

He added that the school receives some financial assistance from the Catholic Institute of Education, concluded Nzama.