Za­mani opens a new school

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PUPILS at Steynville Pri­mary School in Hopetown will be greeted with a brand new school build­ing when they ar­rive for their first day of the new aca­demic year to­day.

The school was of­fi­cially opened yes­ter­day by North­ern Cape Premier Za­mani Saul.

The school was con­structed to cre­ate more space for pupils as a re­sult of the pupil growth num­bers at Oranje-dia­mant Pri­mary School and the re­sult­ing over­crowd­ing at cer­tain schools.

Ac­cord­ing to the premier, the new school will now pro­vide for ef­fec­tive learn­ing and teach­ing for the pupils of Hopetown.

The school, with its mod­ern ameni­ties, has also brought about op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal jobs and lo­cal busi­nesses in Hopetown.

The MEC for Ed­u­ca­tion, Mac Jack, who also of­fi­ci­ated at the open­ing, said a num­ber of key in­fra­struc­ture de­liv­er­ables will also be com­pleted dur­ing the first quar­ter of 2020.

Th­ese in­clude the con­struc­tion of a large ablu­tion block, new sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory, new me­dia cen­tre, a new five-class­room block, as well as re­pairs and ren­o­va­tions at Bore­setse Sec­ondary School.

At Jan Kem­p­dorp Pri­mary School, a dou­ble ECD class­room will be con­structed, while the school will also be equipped with a bore­hole as well see re­pairs and ren­o­va­tions to ex­ist­ing ablu­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

Ad­di­tional ablu­tion blocks at 19 schools will also be com­pleted.

The depart­ment has also de­liv­ered a to­tal of 376 chairs and 350 desks for the 2019/20 fi­nan­cial year so far, while main­te­nance projects at 18 schools were also com­pleted in the first and sec­ond quar­ters of the 2019/20 fi­nan­cial year.

“Given the an­tic­i­pated growth in pupil num­bers we are mov­ing mo­bile class­rooms to strate­gic ar­eas to ad­dress the over­crowd­ing,” Jack stated.

“All schools in the North­ern Cape have ac­cess to wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion and elec­tric­ity. We will con­tinue to do rou­tine main­te­nance to schools and hos­tels, es­pe­cially as it re­lates to the pro­vi­sion of wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion.”

All schools in the Prov­ince, in­clud­ing the 520 pub­lic or­di­nary, the 11 spe­cial schools and 26 full ser­vice schools, have, ac­cord­ing to Jack, been is­sued with their fi­nal ed­u­ca­tor staff es­tab­lish­ments for this aca­demic year.

A to­tal of 117 schools will be los­ing posts, while 201 will be gain­ing posts.

Jack ex­plained that schools were al­lo­cated ed­u­ca­tor posts based on their num­ber of pupils for a par­tic­u­lar year on a ra­tio of 1:32 in pub­lic or­di­nary schools and 1:12 ra­tio in spe­cial schools.

“A to­tal of 38 ap­peals were re­ceived from schools, of which 22 cases were based on er­rors found on re­spec­tive staff es­tab­lish­ments. Sub­se­quently the staff es­tab­lish­ments of eight schools were changed with ma­te­rial dif­fer­ence, re­sult­ing in the over­all al­lo­ca­tion of seven more posts to the af­fected schools.”

Jack in­di­cated that all re­vised ed­u­ca­tor staff es­tab­lish­ments had been pub­lished and an ex­plana­tory let­ter was is­sued to schools via their re­spec­tive district of­fices.

“Six­teen ap­pli­ca­tions were re­lated to a need for ad­di­tional posts, which will be ad­dressed in the be­gin­ning of the new aca­demic year af­ter the first 10 days of the school year when the pupil num­bers are con­firmed.”

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