Top Angli­can school faces clo­sure to pave way for mall

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de­velac­cordthe sources, in­di­cated the site was ideal for a mall be­cause of its prox­im­ity to res­i­den­tial ar­eas and two ma­jor ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions — Limkok­wing and Fokothi. the church is said to be ex­plor­ing ad­di­tional sources of rev­enue to fund its ever-in­creas­ing over­heads, hence the sug­ges­tion to build the mall. A fi­nal de­ci­sion on whether or not to de­mol­ish the school e es­tab­lished in the 1940s as a teach­ers’teacher train­ing col­lege, had not been made,ma the sources added. “the me meet­ing in ques­tion sug­gested thattha if the schoo school is closed closed, the stu stu­dents could be re­lo­ca­tre­lo­cat ed to ACL St Jame James high Schoo School which i is also here in Maseru. Bu But the is­sue which pre pre­sented some prob­lem­sprob­lem was wha what hap­pens to the board­board ers and the school’ss­chool’ blind stu stu­dents since St James does not have board­ing fa­cil­i­ties and spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion,” one of the sources said. head of the ACL, arch­bishop Mal­laneMall Taaso, con­firmed the meet­ing in ques­tion butbu in­sisted a de­ci­sion hadha not yet been reached on the is­sue. arch­bishop taaso also said the idea to close St Cather­ine’s high School came dur­ing a church meet­ing w with in­de­pen­dent de­vel­op­ers.

“i can’t tell you when the meet­ing was held but only that the ACL Dioce­san Coun­cil and ACL Draft Board had in­vited in­de­pen­dent de­vel­op­ers to as­sist with busi­ness ideas that could help the church es­tab­lish in­comegen­er­at­ing projects,” arch­bishop taaso said this week.

“it was in that meet­ing where one of the de­vel­op­ers came up with the sug­ges­tion of de­mol­ish­ing St Cather­ine’s high School, and build­ing a shop­ping com­plex there be­cause the area seemed to be an ex­cel­lent com­mer­cial hub.

“it must be clear that it was just a sug­ges­tion not a de­ci­sion and that it is still an in­ter­nal mat­ter to be dealt with by rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers. Clos­ing down a school such as St Cather­ine’s would not just hap­pen overnight be­cause there are spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties for the blind there, as well as the board­ing school.

“if a de­ci­sion had al­ready been reached, the school man­age­ment would have been asked to en­gage par­ents and pre­pare the stu­dents for the se­ri­ous change. But since the is­sue was still at dis­cus­sion stage, no­body else was in­formed about it.”

ACL spokesper­son David Sen­goai also told the Le­sotho Times it was pre­ma­ture to talk about the school fac­ing clo­sure.

“even though the ACL Dioce­san Coun­cil and ACL Draft Board bought the idea to de­velop that place into a shop­ping mall, it is pre­ma­ture and ir­re­spon­si­ble for peo­ple to start say­ing the school is go­ing to be closed,” Mr Sen­goai said.

“De­pend­ing on Sun­day con­tri­bu­tions to run the church’s ac­tiv­i­ties has not been easy and one way or the other, we have to de­velop that place to give the church bet­ter in­come. the church is aware it will be a process to achieve this be­cause be­fore de­mol­ish­ing St Cather­ine’s, the site where the school will be re­lo­cated needs to be de­vel­oped first. The church would also have to first look for fund­ing and in­vestors for the mall.”

On her part, St Cather­ine’s high School prin­ci­pal, ‘Mamt­sheki tsha­bal­ala, yes­ter­day said: “i don’t know what you are talk­ing about be­cause the man­ager of the school has not said any­thing to me.

“What i can only say is that the school is still open, stu­dents and teach­ers are still com­ing here and noth­ing had been said ei­ther to me or to them.”

Head of the ACL arch­bishop Mal­lane Taaso.

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