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Swazi Observer, Mbabane, 29 December 2016, p.2

Meet Mbabane Central High School's Mr. Fix It

To help improve the situation, the ministry of education and training through the TSC introduced to the school Mlungisi Kunene as deputy principal. Kunene was transferred from Ntfonjeni High School where he had been hailed for transforming the northern Hhohho School into becoming one of the best.

By Observer Reporter
Mbabane

MBABANE Central High School administration believes enforcing corporal punishment on its learners helped the school produce better results in 2015.

The school also believes that the yet to be released 2016 results will be far better.

The school expects to record a 100 per cent pass rate.

In 2014, the school found itself in bad books after recording 19 failures in the junior certificate (JC) results.

Such bad results were attributed, by the administration, to indisciplined pupils and a divided administration.

To help improve the situation, the ministry of education and training through the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) introduced to the school Mlungisi Kunene as deputy principal.

Kunene was transferred from Ntfonjeni High School where he had been hailed for transforming the northern Hhohho School into becoming one of the best.

His arrival at Mbabane Central saw the school only recording three failures in the JC results last year. It was a huge leap from 19 failures the previous year.

He won himself the name of Mr. Fix It. Mbabane Central High School Principal John Gwebu confirms that the arrival of the no-nonsense Kunene indeed brought some changes in the school.

One such change that Kunene brought, according to Gwebu, was the enforcement of corporal punishment.


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"As teachers we are working very hard and we have a good working relationship. The only challenge is that most of the children lack discipline in their respective homes. This is perpetrated by the fact that some of the children do not stay with their parents hence there is no proper guidance," Gwebu said.

He said the deputy principal has played a major role in enforcing discipline among the pupils.

Apart from this, Gwebu said Kunene had also been able to conduct what is [sic] known as spot-checks. This exercise, according to Gwebu, is done to monitor whether teachers attend classes without fail.

"The administration unanimously welcomed Kunene and this has contributed to the good results the school is now getting. With the effort that has been put we are therefore hoping for improved results," said the principal.

Meanwhile, Kunene said the good working relationship between the school administration and teachers has contributed to the good results.

"We have done our job as teachers like we did in the previous year and we are hoping that if God is on our side we might as well receive good results even this year," said Kunene.

Statistics reflected at the school chart board show that in 2014 the school recorded an 80 percent pass rate in the JC results. It was position 150 out of 255 schools countrywide.

In 2015, the school recorded a 97 percent pass rate, jumping to position 31 out of 258 schools countrywide.

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