Umlazi District manager ecstatic over matric success

2014-01-09 00:00

UMLAZI District manager Mlungisi Ntombela was at home watching TV when Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced on Monday that his district was the third best in the country with its matric passes.

He could not believe his eyes as “Umlazi District” flashed on his TV screen on Monday during a live broadcast with a 83,7% pass rate.

“Even though our district does perform better than the others in the province, the mention from the minister was a bonus,” Ntombela told The Witness.

The district, which comprises semi-rural, township and suburban schools, was the best in KwaZulu-Natal and recorded the highest number of Bachelors passes.

The Umlazi school district is also one of the largest in the province and South Africa.

A total of 23 099 pupils sat for their exams in the district, of whom 10 080 achieved Bachelors passes, 6 708 diploma passes, 2 551 achieved higher certificate passes and only one achieved plain a National Senior Certificate pass.

The district includes schools in greater Durban, Umkomaas, Umbumbulu, Illovo, kwaMakhutha, Folweni, Umlazi, Lamontville, Chesterville and informal settlements in Mayville and Santi.

Ntombela said they had dedicated teachers and made sure they supported struggling schools.

In 2012, Ntombela said the district had 43 under-performing schools and that the number had dropped to 21.

Ntombela said the best schools in the the semi-rural areas are Sbambanezulu and Adams College high schools, while in the townships Menzi and Velabahleke high schools also do exceptionally well.

Two pupils from Velabahleke High in Umlazi scored 10 distictions each. Also, one of the star pupils from the school, Lwazi Shezi, was the top maths pupil in the KZN and third in the country.

In the city, he counted Durban Girls’ High and Danville Park as schools “always leading in good results”.

The district with the lowest pass rate in 2013 was Sisonke District (70,7%).

A district known for its poor performance, Umkhanyakude, recorded the greatest pass rate improvement — from 65,2% in 2012 to 74,2% in 2013.

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