The pass rate at a school in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth has nearly doubled — from 38% to 75% — since it was adopted by a nearby church in 2010.
The successful partnership between Cowan High School and St Stephen’s Anglican Church was celebrated on Sunday (February 2, 2014) at the annual Educational Service, which was addressed by former Gauteng education MEC, Professor Mary Metcalfe.
The church stepped in to help in 2010 in response to an appeal by the Eastern Cape Department of Education for churches to intervene in the educational crisis by “adopting” schools and engaging proactively with parents, learners and teachers in their congregations with a view to promoting a culture of diligence and parental participation. The pass rate rose to 48% in 2011, 73% in 2012 and 74.44% in 2013.
In her address Metcalfe said the church and the school could be proud of their achievements in a province which still has a long way to go to achieve quality education for all.
St Stephen’s Archdeacon Zweli Tom who led the Educational Service said: “We felt called by God to adopt Cowan High School in 2010, and since then the partnership has flourished,” reports The Herald newspaper.
Tom said that the standard of results at the school has also approved.
“We now have more Bs and Ds than anything else.”
As a result of the partnership, the church also started a scholarship to send a needy pupil identified by the school to university, reports The Herald. Babalwa Mpolongwana was the bursary recipient on Sunday.