R2 mil­lion spent on im­prov­ing West Rand school

Vuk'uzenzele - - Localggeonveerranlment -

a Part­Ner­sHiP be­tween business and gov­ern­ment has re­sulted in learn­ers gain­ing ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

im­fundo Sec­ondary School in Mer­a­fong, west of Jo­han­nes­burg, is the re­cip­i­ent of a R2 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment project.

Lo­cal busi­nesses in the area raised funds and built five class­rooms at the school. The team also pro­vided desks and in­tro­duced a feed­ing scheme and dig­ni­tary packs for girls.

Speak­ing to in an in­ter­view re­cently, In­fra­struc­ture MMC at West Rand Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Diteko Moreot­senye said that they as­sessed the school and found it to be over­crowded be­cause of the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion in the area. This re­sulted in learn­ers not be­ing able to fo­cus prop­erly in class­rooms.

“We also found that mo­bile class­rooms were added to the school to deal with the grow­ing num­ber of learn­ers, how­ever, this wasn’t re­ally enough,” said Moreot­senye.

This prompted the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to ap­proach fun­ders and the Le­na­sia com­mu­nity helped to build the school.

“In ef­fect, those class­rooms were dona­tions from fun­ders and not solely a con­tri­bu­tion from gov­ern­ment,” said Moreot­senye.

Learn­ers are ex­cited about the new fa­cil­i­ties.

The school achieved a 98 per­cent ma­tric pass rate in 2016 and learn­ers have promised to at­tain a 100 per­cent pass rate in fu­ture.

To mo­ti­vate this out­come, the school has been promised that it will be con­verted into a smart school, with pa­per­less fa­cil­i­ties, if it achieves the de­sired re­sult.

Mer­a­fong Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Sammy Mosia said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is happy about the project.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate such ef­forts and con­tri­bu­tions and we are ex­cited that learn­ers from our re­gion were able to ben­e­fit from this,” he said.

Im­fundo Sec­ondary School has new class­rooms thanks to a part­ner­ship be­tween the West Rand Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the Le­na­sia com­mu­nity.

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