Tech school for blacks to cel­e­brate 50 years

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - Western Cape News - SIHLE MAVUSO sih­lem@the­newage.co.za

ONE of the first tech­ni­cal schools to be es­tab­lished solely for black pupils in Dur­ban is cel­e­brat­ing half a cen­tury, on Fri­day.

The Um­lazi-based 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 under-re­sourced. 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.

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