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Enrolment increases

Repeka Nasiko
Monday, February 17, 2014

THE good academic achievements of a high school in the Yasawas have resulted in increased enrolment.

Yasawa High School principal Sala Vereivalu said the school's pass rate increased by 50 per cent over the past eight years in the senior examinations.

"For the Form Seven exams, we increased our pass rate from 21 per cent to 71 per cent and this was after eight years," she said.

"And in the Form Six exams, we increased the rate from 29 per cent to 57 per cent."

Ms Vereivalu said the school went through a strict regime to improve the academic performance.

"We have been an under-performing school for the past eight years and so we knew we had to change things in order for us to improve our academic performance.

"The first thing we did was to change the mind-set of our teachers to change their attitude."

"Being a rural school, sometimes, teachers are not committed, so we wanted to change that."

Ms Vereivalu said the students too underwent a change last year.

"Our Form Seven students woke up at 4am to start classes and studies. We did this during the Third Term.

"And by 4.30am, each teacher was rostered to teach."

Ms Vereivalu said the school would not wait for major exams to begin the strict routine.

She said the new schedule contributed to the improved pass rate the school recorded last year.

"Because of this we were able to better our performance and students also felt good to be achieving better marks.

"We've also had an increase in enrolment this year. A lot of parents have seen the improvement and they've brought back their children to Yasawa High."

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