R28m for new school structures
Pupils used six mobile classrooms for learning since the permanent buildings were old and dilapidated
ABOUT R28m has been set aside to build new structures that will give Ramotshodi Secondary School in Maologane village, near Moruleng a new look.
The cost of the construction is being funded by mining giant Anglo American.
News of the investment came to light when Bakgatla Ba Kgafela leader Nyalala Pilane turned the sod at the site identified for the development. The school’s infrastructure challenges came to the fore when the provincial legislature’s education portfolio committee visited the institution earlier this year.
It was noted that some of the old structures had cracked walls that posed a danger to the safety of pupils and teachers. The portfolio committee urged the department to attend to the infrastructural needs of the school.
The school used six mobile classrooms for learning since the permanent structures were old and dilapidated.
In 2016, one mobile classroom was blown over by a storm and due to vandalism some classrooms windows were broken. These incidents compromised the quality of education at the school.
Besides Pilane, other high level dignitaries, who witnessed the sod-turning ceremony were Mosimanegape Moleme, chairperson of Dikuno tsa Sechaba, Pauline Mokhutle, a director at Bojanala district Itumeleng Tire and Patrick Morutlwa, the general manager of Amandelbult Mine.
The new school will have a palisade fence, guard house, parking place, paving, landscaping, two blocks of eight classrooms, administration block, laboratory centre and a water storage and reticulation system.
Dikuno tsa Sechaba was appointed by Anglo American to manage the project.
Its chairperson, Mosimanegape Moleme, said at the end of the project there would be drawings of the school for other institutions, who were interested in developing similar schools in other communities. Education and sport development MEC Sello Lehari promised that upon completion, the school would be fully resourced both with human and material resources to make sure it reached full capacity. Work at the new site began yesterday and was expected to last for a number of months.
INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES: Kgosi Nyalala Pilane is flanked by members of the school governing body, pupils and education officials at the sodturning ceremony in Maologane village.