Maki with her winners at SS Paki
Written by Alan   

8 April 2021

Maki Maloyi, who was an HOD acting as Principal of the SS Paki Secondary School in the township outside of the village of Vredefort in the Free State province of South Africa, kindly sent me a photograph of her with some members of the winning matriculation class of 2011.

In 2010 only 32% of learners passed their matriculation examination. In 2011 Maki and her entire team of HODs attended the BCF South African Schools Centre of Excellence Programme. The results achieved by the learners in the November 2011 matriculation examinations (yes, in the same year they attended the Programme), 91% of the learners obtained a matriculation pass.

Maki told me that initially only a third of the teachers bought in to reinventing their school to become a centre of excellence, but after a series of quick wins more gradually came on board as did the parents, the learners and entire community.

I am retelling this story for two reasons. Firstly because she shared the photo with me, but more importantly, because no other school leadership team, of the hundreds who have attended the Schools Centre of Excellence Programme, have achieved such an amazing turnaround - 32% to 91% in the year they were trained.