Lumko High cel­e­brates, of­fi­cially

Go! & Express - - SCHOOLS - AMANDA NANO

The of­fi­cial open­ing of Lumko High School in Ama­linda, hosted by the depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion, was held amid much fan­fare on Oc­to­ber 12.

The new school has been op­er­a­tional at its new premises since 2016, but its of­fi­cial open­ing was held this month.

The orig­i­nal pre­fab­ri­cated school build­ing was pre­vi­ously lo­cated in Gompo in Dun­can Vil­lage.

Matric pupil Athenkosi Zoty­atya said when he started grade 8 at the Gompo school build­ing, it was in a state of dis­re­pair.

“The rain would come in and some win­dows were bro­ken.

“There’s a huge dif­fer­ence here now. We have good fa­cil­i­ties and new tools for learn­ing,” Zoty­atya said.

The new school, be­tween July 2013 and Oc­to­ber 2016, cost well over R70m.

Among its many fa­cil­i­ties are sports fields, two me­dia cen­tres and a science lab.

Pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion act­ing MEC Mlungisi Mvoko said their role was to cel­e­brate with the school and forge part­ner­ships.

“We re­quest a part­ner­ship with the par­ents, pupils and school so we can talk about prob­lems faced within schools.

“A school doesn’t op­er­ate on its own, it has part­ners,” he said.

School Gov­ern­ing Body chair­per­son Mlan­deli Nonx­uba said: “We pledge to work handin-hand with the staff and depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion to try by all pos­si­ble means to make sure the school isn’t van­dalised.”

Buf­falo City dis­trict of­fi­cial, Estelle Swartz, said they were proud of the school’s out­stand­ing achieve­ments over the years.

Pic­ture: AMANDA NANO

GRAND OPEN­ING: From left, Buf­falo City Dis­trict rep­re­sen­ta­tive Estelle Swartz, act­ing ed­u­ca­tion MEC Mlungisi Mvoko and Lumko High School SGB chair­per­son Mlan­deli Nonx­uba

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