AFTER declining by a 4,1 % pass rate in 2018, uMgungundlovu District Municipality is determined to help the schools achieve greater result in the class of 2019. UMgungundlovu District obtained a 77,6% pass rate last year declining from 81,51% in 2017 moving from first position to forth in the province last year.uMgungundlovu Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo said the district will work hard in assisting the schools that need help to ensure that they achieve good results this year. Speaking at the media briefing last Wednesday, Maphumulo said as the district they are aiming to get at least 85% pass rate in the class of 2019. The media briefing was also attended by the two top-performing pupils in the district, Bonginkosi Dlamini and Nqobile Nzimande. Bonginkosi from Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School got five distinctions and Nqobile from St John Paul School got seven distinctions which included 100% in Maths. “Although our pass rate declined we are happy that we have 10 schools that obtained a 100% pass rate and some of those schools are from the rural areas. We are determined to assist the Department of Education where we can in order to make sure that we increase our pass rate this year. We managed to become the number one district in the province in 2017, we can still do it again. “We know that there are schools that do not have enough resources, we are appealing to the Department of Education to have more budget allocated to get the resources. We will be working very closely with the department and the community in making sure that the schools are getting help. We will be going to the schools to listen to the problems that they are facing and report them to the relevant stakeholders and do follow-ups to see if these problems are being addressed,” she said.Maphumulo said they are going to continue giving support to those pupils who did well even when they are in tertiary. Nqobile said she is going to study Actuarial Science at the University of Cape Town but she is still waiting for funding. Bonginkosi is going to study Public Management and International Relations at the University of Pretoria but she is also waiting for funding. oth Nqobile and Bonginkosi were awarded with laptops, USBs and diaries by the uMgungundlovu District.