WITH the release of 2016 matric results on 5 January, many schools in Ugu district outdid themselves. However, the overall pass rate for the Ugu district dropped by 12% compared to 2015. Ugu was in the top 10 KZN districts coming seventh with a pass rate of 65.39%. A number of schools raised the bar this year, but it it wasn’t enough to make an impact on the overall pass rates. Ugu District head of exams Nkosinathi Madadi said improvement is what the district is enjoying in the 2016 NSC results through tireless working of schools and the district. “In 2015 the district was at 60% and improved to 65% in 2016. A lot still needs to be done particularly in schools that are below 30%. “There is no school in the district that obtained zero percent. The school that obtained zero percent in 2015 obtained 80% in 2016,” said Madadi.Ugu schools’ pass rates - Port Shepstone High 100%, Mthwalume High 98%, Port Shepstone Secondary 96%, Ezinqoleni Junior Secondary 96%, Wesbury College of Science 95%, Suid Natal 92%, Olwandle High 91%, Marburg Secondary 92%, Bheki High 87,5%, Mthusi High 86%, Gamalakhe Commercial 86.4%, Mdlangaswa 86%, Mashesha 82.97%, Margate Middle High 82%, Phathwa High 81%, Makhanda 81% Merlewood Secondary 81%, Mlonde 79.4%, Nombuso High 78%, Sister Jones 72%, Nkonka 70%, Tholimfundo 58%, Mcushwa High 56.79%, KwaMasosha 54% Ingwemabala 53%, Galeni 46.54%, Sozabe 40% and Mbambe 39%. From 11 to 13 January, a team of delegates from the KZN Legislature, in collaboration with Ugu District Municipality, visited various under and poor-performing high schools in the district. The visits were aimed at ascertaining the cause of the poor performance while motivating, encouraging and formulating practical long-term solutions to deal with poor performances for the current year going forward. The team will also visit the most improved schools.