The premier addressed pupils on drugs and alcohol abuse, child-headed homes and crime as some of the challenges faced by the pupils and how government planed to intervene in bringing about solutions.
Chris Hani West district assistant director Madoda Ndembe said the school which had underperformed with a 26.7% matric pass rate in 2016 had a slight improvement of 42.8% in 2017.
Ndembe said, “We expected a higher improvement from the matric class of 2017. We believe the reason the pupils did not do so well was due to the lack of discipline from the and poor parental involvement in their education.”
The premier had also come to view the non operational cyber lab which was handed-over by the deputy minister of communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams in 2014.
Ndembe said Masualle committed to making the lab functional. The Al-Imdaad Foundation in partnership with the premier handed over school bags and stationary to pupils.
Principal Sipho Mathumbu said the premier was also making a follow up on the visit that was made by deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa in June last year to officially launch the cyber lab.