MPL gives su­per in­cen­tive to ru­ral school

Eyethu Baywatch - - SCHOOLS • EZEZIKOLE - Muzi Zin­c­ume

IN­SPIRED by Dover Com­bined School’s ma­tric per­for­mance, mem­ber of the KZN Leg­is­la­ture, Bheki Ntuli vis­ited the school to pledge his sup­port and of­fered to adopt the school as his own.

Ntuli, a for­mer teacher him­self, said he was in­spired by the school’s turn­around strat­egy, say­ing he would be happy to see the school to­tally re­claim­ing its past glory.

‘This school has been very close to my heart and I have a long his­tory with it, dat­ing from the days when my son used to at­tend here.

‘He will soon be grad­u­at­ing with a de­gree in civil en­gi­neer­ing,’ said Ntuli.

‘I un­der­stand that it has not been an easy jour­ney. You have had chal­lenges on the way, but with such per­for­mance dis­played by both teach­ers and learn­ers, there is no rea­son why we as gov­ern­ment can­not as­so­ciate our­selves with such a school,’ he said.

Dover recorded a 95% pass rate in last year’s ma­tric re­sults and the year be­fore scored in the re­gion of 70%.

Ntuli had a spe­cial word for this year’s ma­tric­u­lants.

‘Any­one of you who will ex­cel to the level of a B sym­bol, will walk away with a com­puter lap­top, even if you are 10 in to­tal.

‘I will en­sure that you all re­ceive your lap­tops, which you can use at a ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion,’ he said.

He also do­nated school uni­forms and shoes and promised to pro­vide paint for the school build­ings.

Ntuli, who has served as a Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land Coun­cil Chair­man was ac­com­pa­nied by King Cetshwayo District Di­rec­tor David Chonco, Ukhozi FM mo­ti­va­tional speaker Pas­tor Thomas Hadebe, Fundiswa Xaba of Fundiswa Foun­da­tion and prom­i­nent busi­ness­man Muzi Ngema.

In his mes­sage of sup­port, Chonco said he was con­vinced that Dover had turned the corner, say­ing there was one di­rec­tion for the school - up­ward.

‘The com­mu­nity mem­bers, School Gov­ern­ing Body and co­op­er­ate busi­ness have come to­gether with one goal of help­ing learn­ers to do bet­ter.

‘I see no rea­son why the school can’t reach 100% in this year’s ma­tric ex­ams,’ he said.

School prin­ci­pal, Won­der­boy Mzobe said the onus was now on them to de­liver.

‘We are aim­ing for 100%, but if that fails, we won’t go less than 90%,’ he said.

Speak­ing on be­half of the newly elected School Gov­ern­ing Body, Wise­man Mthiyane ap­pealed to learn­ers to fo­cus all their en­er­gies on school work and lis­ten to their teach­ers.

Muzi Zin­c­ume

Pas­tor Thomas Radebe, MPL Bheki Ntuli, Fundiswa Xaba, Won­der­boy Mzobe, David Chonco and Wise­man Mthiyane (SGB) and three learn­ers who ben­e­fited from do­na­tions

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