MASIYEPHAMBILI College in Bulawayo defied the notion that Matabeleland schools were relatively weak in science subjects by recording an extraordinary mark of 100% in mathematics and physical science in the 2013 ‘O’ Level examinations.
All the 25 Masiyephambili students who sat for physical science and additional maths passed the exams while 44 of the 46 who wrote mathematics passed.
In biology, 24 of the 25 students recorded passes. The school also recorded a 100% pass rate in English language, English literature, history, French, Zulu, food&nutrition and fashion&fabrics.
The school’s best student was Nicole Khumalo who got nine As and a B followed by Vuyisile Ncube (seven As and three Bs), Matobo Andiswa (six As and two Bs), Sithembile Sihambi (five As and three Bs), Luphade Nonhlanhla (five As and three Bs), Isheminyoro Majoni (five As and two Bs) and Keith Tembo (five As and two Bs).
The school recorded an 88,9% pass rate in the 2013 ‘A’ Level exams, an improvement from the previous year’s pass rate of 85,7%.
Isheanopa Majoni got 13 points with an A in maths, B in physics and B in Chemistry.
Nkosikhona Sibanda also got 13 points with a B in maths, physics A and a B in chemistry.
Masiyephambili College headmaster Ben Moyo said there had been a wrong perception that private schools generally performed badly in last year’s exams.
“I am dedicating this to the parents, teachers and students who are working tirelessly in achieving such brilliant results,” he said. “We want to correct the impression made by other media organisations that private schools are not doing well.
“Our pas rate is steady and we are making progress. In 2010, we recorded 64% and in 2011 we got 70,8%, in 2012 and 2013 we scored 85,7% and 88,9% respectively. Last year we had an ‘A’ Level student who scored 20 points in sciences and won the Cambridge Advanced Subsidiary Award.”
Moyo said this year, the school was targeting a 90% pass rate for ‘O’ Level and 96% for ‘A’ Level.