The KwaZulu-Natal education department has a nine-point plan to fix underperforming schools‚ which was unveiled on Tuesday during a meeting led by MEC Mthandeni Dlungwana. The 2016 overall pass rate for KwaZulu-Natal was 66.4%‚ with 85 schools achieving a 100% pass rate from 66 schools in 2015. "That is great improvement‚" the department said in a statement. "It is‚ however‚ with deep sense of embarrassment‚ disappointment and disbelief that in 2016, the province had 30 schools that obtained between a 0% and 10% pass rate. "This remains a serious cause for concern and drastic measures need to be implemented immediately to move all of them to 50% and above." Tuesday’s meeting was attended by principals of the schools that managed between a 0% and 10% pass rate in the 2016 grade 12 results. The department said a number of challenges were tabled by the representatives of the affected schools, which ranged from lack of discipline‚ community factional fights that spilt over to school pre...

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