Ramaphosa promises to upgrade school
PARENTS at Esiqongweni High School in Imbali, Pietermaritzburg, said President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his address to pupils, had given them hope their children would have access to better resources at the school.
Ramaphosa had promised the pupils the school would in the next two months be equipped with a computer centre, science laboratory and library. Despite its disadvantages, the school has had an above 80% matric pass rate since 2015.
Ivy Dlamini said she was impressed by Ramaphosa’s promise to improve the school, which had in the past years been subjected to vandalism and theft. She said since last year, the school had seen its security upgraded.
Grade 12 science teacher Bhekani Mkhulisi said the lab would enable him to conduct experiments and demonstrate science at work. “Previously the pupils would just imagine what I was trying to teach them.
“Once we get the lab, the results will improve. Currently we get pupils who obtain a Bachelor’s pass, but getting distinctions is a serious challenge.
Later, Ramaphosa addressed the city’s predominantly coloured and Indian community about the “importance” of voting for the ANC.
Hoosen Khan said he would vote for the ANC because he trusted Ramaphosa would fight corruption.
“Once he gets rid of corruption, the ANC will return to the original ANC, but he is doing a fantastic job so far.”
He said Manor Flats, where he lived, was besieged by crime and there was a lack of service delivery.
Another resident, Collen Rajah, said he had been concerned about the ANC’s failure to deliver on promises.
“Young people need jobs, and to be rehabilitated from drugs. But I know that under Ramaphosa the government is going to change lots of things,” said Rajah.
Ramaphosa told the community the ANC would change their lives for the better.
ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Sihle Zikalala told the community the party would help them take ownership of the flats they had been renting for years.
PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa, with his entourage, visited Esiqongweni High School in Imbali, Pietermaritzburg, yesterday, where he promised to upgrade resources. |