Tech school for blacks to celebrate 50 years
ONE of the first technical schools to be established solely for black pupils in Durban is celebrating half a century, on Friday.
The Umlazibased Ogwini Comprehensive Technical High School first opened its doors as Ogwini Bantu Combined School on January 16, 1968, with one principal and four teachers. It grew into a high school in 1984 which introduced a complex curriculum.
At the time Ogwini was a comprehensive technical high college and headed by the late Dr Gladwin Ndlela.
The school produced its first matriculants in 1985 with a pass rate of 99.9%. One of the then Grade 12s was Sindi Mabaso who became the first black woman to become a chartered accountant in South Africa.
The same school is rated among the best township high schools in the country which has been able to achieve a pass rate of more than 90% despite being overcrowded and underresourced. In this past year the school achieved a pass rate of 86% with 535 pupils who sat for matric.
The school principal, Dr Simon Dlamini, said the celebrations to commemorate this golden milestone will be attended by high profile dignitaries, who are former shining products of the school as well as current pupils who are going to fly the school’s flag high.
Dlamini said he was proud that the school had grown to become one of the biggest schools in the province, if not nationally.
“Presently it has an enrolment of 3 214, 122 teachers and 35 support staff members but literally, hundreds of thousands have passed through the school and gone to various fields in South Africa,” he said.
Dlamini said that though the school was celebrating 50 years of innovative nurturing education it was for good Samaritans, local business people and former pupils to contribute in any way possible to make the celebrations a success.
“It is important to celebrate our founding. This will provide us with an opportunity to reflect on our success, the community we have built over the past 50 years and to honour our previous colleagues for laying a solid foundation for our continued success.
“However, we can’t achieve this alone hence we appeal for assistance to members of the public to extend their helping hand,” Dlamini said.