The Adopt-a-School Foundation celebrates the Class of 2020 for its resilience, agility, and ability to work hard on against all COVID-19 challenges. Amongst the Class of 2020 are 207 High Schools supported by the Foundation. Since 2002, Adopt-a-School Foundation and its partners have invested over R1 billion in over a million learners across the 616 schools it supports nationally.
Amongst the Adopt-a-School Foundation 2020 Matric Class is Neo Mthombeni from Ngwathe Secondary School, a school that received Whole School Development funded by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). Ngwathe achieved a 97.3% pass rate, and Neo obtained seven distinctions and was recognised at the Free State Provincial Awards. Neo applied to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town.
The pandemic threatened the 2020 academic year like never before. Compared to others year, the Adopt-a-School Foundation Matric Class 2020 spent less time in the classroom than other classes, yet were still able to achieve 80%, a 6% drop from the 2019 Matric Class. Our bachelor pass remained at 40%, between 2019 and 2020. Nationally, the Bachelor passes declined by 0.5% from 36.9% in 2019 to 36.4% in 2020. There is an upward trend in the quality of results for adopted schools since the introduction of CAPS, with an increment of 14% between 2014 and 2020.
The Foundation is very proud of the achievements and commends the Class of 2020 for its undying commitment. The learners from adopted schools continued rising above challenges to pave their way into a better future.