KWAPATA Secondary School principal Sfiso Zuma was honoured by the Department of Education for his hard work, at the school’s award ceremony held at the Imbali Unit J hall recently. Zuma has been principal at the school for only nine months but managed to improve the 2017 matric results, from 60% in 2016 to 93,8% in 2017.Msizi Thango from the Department of Education, who presented the award to Zuma, applauded him for the good work he’s done at the school. “You have done an amazing job in a short period of time. “With more than 150 matric pupils in 2017, you managed to get a 93% pass rate. We are very proud of you,” he said. Zuma said he did not expect to receive the award but he is pleased and grateful.“When I arrived at KwaPata Secondary School in May 2017, the school had no principal. I had seen the school’s matric results in 2016 and I knew that changes needed to be made to try to improve the results in 2017. “We started extra classes. We had small challenges but we had to hang in there because we knew what we wanted. I had to motivate the teachers and the pupils as well. Parents were called by the school and they spoke to their children to let them know what is expected of them. This year, we are striving for a 95% pass rate or even 100%. Since we opened in January, we have extra classes for Grade 11 and Grade 12 pupils. We want to have the best results, especially in maths,” he said.Zuma first joined KwaPata High School in 2000 as a teacher. In 2007, he was appointed deputy principal but left the school in 2016 and returned as the principal in May 2017.