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Jeppe Boy who lost his dad and faced dire financial issues, while in a pandemic, achieves ten distinctions!


Johannesburg, South Africa (21 January 2022) – The Jeppe High School for Boys class of 2021 has produced the best set of matric results in the history of the school.

The overall pass rate was 100%; 87 % of the boys achieved bachelor passes; and there were 238 distinctions earned.

The standout performer was Arend Theunissen who got 10 distinctions. Two boys earned eight distinctions each: Tristan Czekmany and James Kamerman; while two learners got seven each (Luke Goddard and Nathan Walton). A further six scored six each.

While the school is thrilled with the performance of those top achievers, it is as proud of the boys who overcame significant hurdles to achieve a matric pass, according to headmaster Dale Jackson. “Their efforts and dedication ensure a historic 100% overall pass rate,” he said.

The results, according to Jackson, are tangible evidence of the school’s stated ambition and strategy to place academic performance at the forefront of all that happens at Jeppe High School for Boys and are a reflection of the positive academic direction that the school has been heading in for a number of years now.

“To have achieved the best results in the school’s history, particularly after two Covid-disrupted years, speaks volumes for the dedication of the educators, the grit and resilience of the boys and is just reward for the significant technological investment over the past few years that allowed teaching and learning to evolve and thrive during the past two years.”

The improvement in the bachelor pass rate, which he sees as is a far better indicator of the quality of results, is particularly pleasing to Jackson.

“Our educators have clearly gone the extra mile, and it was their determination to get every learner through that has led to the 100% pass rate. Most of our educators are involved in our extensive extramural programme, and they understand the educational value of extra murals within the context of keeping with our policy of prioritising academics at all times.”

Arendt Theunissen’s achievements are remarkable. He lost his father under tragic circumstances when he was 15, and his family’s financial circumstances were dire. The school took him in; he lived in the hostel and was supported by the staff and the other boys. Tristan Czekmany was the 2021 head boy and a provincial rugby and water polo player.

“These results have proven that Jeppe boys can compete with the best in the country,” Jackson concluded.

Sources: Theo Garrun
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