THE Ugu District Municipality achieved an impressive matric pass rate — coming second in KZN. One of the star pupils is Londeka Dlamini (17), from Gamalakhe Commercial High School, who earned six certificates and a trophy for excellent performance in her matric final exams at an awards ceremony hosted by non-profit organisation Endeavours in Gamalakhe last Sunday.The motive behind the awards ceremony was to applaud, motivate and encourage Gamalakhe’s top achievers — Dlamini, Lindelani Gcaba, Lindokuhle Khuzwayo, Zanele Khawula, Kwanele Mtolo, Athayanda Mkhize, Bulelwa Nqoko and Nonhlanhla from Galeni, Olwandle and Gamalakhe high schools.KwaZulu-Natal’s Class of 2018 achieved a pass rate of 76,2% — an improvement of 3,3% from 2017.The Ugu District Municipality came in second in the province with 79,6%, following Amajuba District, which reclaimed its top position in the province by achieving an impressive 81,7%.Coming after Ugu was Umkhanyakude at 78,1%, Umgungundlovu (77,5%), Pinetown (77,4%), Umlazi (76,76%), Uthukela (76,13%), King Cetshwayo (73,9%), Zululand (73,8%), Umzinyathi (73,1%), Harry Gwala (71,9%) and Ilembe (71,1%).Speaking on behalf of the Gamalakhe Circuit and the Department of Education, Simon Shusha said they are grateful to the class of 2018 for giving their all during exams.“Coming second in the province is no child’s play. It is because of continued hard work, dedication and support, not only from the pupils but from the educators, principals, parents, school governing bodies (SGB) and the community. I am confident that the class of 2019 will definitely put the Ugu District at a number one position in the province,” said Shusha.The awards ceremony was also attended by teachers of neighbouring schools, parents and members of the SGB. According to the Gamalakhe Circuit office, Galeni High School came in first against high schools in Gamalakhe with a pass rate of 93,3%.It was followed by Mashesha High School (91,3%), Olwandle High (88,89%), Gamalakhe Commercial High (81,89%), Mlonde High (78,79%) and Mcushwa with 57,14%.The principal of the winning school in Gamalakhe, Thandazile Mbotho of Galeni High, said if it were not for these results, they would not be able to see themselves as teachers.“As teachers we can now walk like the world is ours. Our pupils have really made us proud. Galeni is now a school to be reckoned with and that is all because of the class of 2018. We are grateful,” she said.