Re­built EC school brings bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion, jobs

Vuk'uzenzele - - Education - Mal­i­bongwe Mtima

The KWAndUmIso Pri­mary School in Ntong­wana Vil­lage has been trans­formed from a mud struc­ture into a fully-equipped school that can hold its own with any ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion.

The Eastern Cape De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion has in­vested in ed­u­ca­tion by re­build­ing a for­mer mud school in Ntong­wana vil­lage, Lusik­isiki, at a cost of R34 mil­lion.

The KwaNdumiso Pri­mary School was opened in 1990 thanks to the drive and ini­tia­tive of the Ntogn­wana com­mu­nity and the lo­cal par­ents. Eastern Cape MEC for Ed­u­ca­tion Mandla Makupula saluted the par­ents “who started this school as they did it from noth­ing but with a zeal to pro­vide qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for their chil­dren and ul­ti­mately trans­form lives in th­ese com­mu­ni­ties”.

The school has now been trans­formed. “The de­part­ment has taken cog­ni­sance of the chil­dren and wants to im­prove their liveli­hoods and the qual­ity of teach­ing and learn­ing in th­ese ar­eas,” MEC Makupula said.

He urged par­ents to con­tinue to sup­port qual­ity teach­ing and learn­ing in the schools “by be­ing in­volved in the ed­u­ca­tion of your chil­dren and help­ing to in­stil pos­i­tive val­ues that will make th­ese learn­ers re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens”.

Cre­at­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties

The pri­mary school is ex­pected to as­sist in im­prove ed­u­ca­tion. It also pro­vided jobs for lo­cal peo­ple dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase – 69 jobs were cre­ated. “Of th­ese, 16 lo­cal women were em­ployed and 39 youth got job op­por­tu­ni­ties,” the MEC said.

All the con­struc­tion ma­te­rial was sourced lo­cally, sup­port­ing lo­cal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

It took the Ngquza Hill Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity 13 months to build KwaNdumiso Pri­mary school.

Now, MEC Makupula said, there was no dif­fer­ence be­tween KwaNdumiso Pri­mary School and a school in an ur­ban area, be­cause it had all of the equip­ment needed for teach­ing and learn­ing ir­re­spec­tive of the learn­ing area.

“We hand over schools that meet na­tional norms and stan­dards to en­sure our learn­ers are taught and pro­vided with equal op­por­tu­ni­ties com­pared to those in ur­ban ar­eas.”

The new school has state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory.

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