Schools ben­e­fit from Port of Richards Bay

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO BUSINESS - Tam­lyn Jolly

TWO high schools within the

City of uMh­lathuze are en­joy­ing a marked im­prove­ment in their over­all per­for­mance, thanks to the Port of Richards Bay’s on­go­ing sup­port.

Iden­ti­fied by Transnet Na­tional Ports Author­ity (TNPA) five years ago as be­ing in need of in­fras­truc­ture and ed­u­ca­tional sup­port, the schools have since achieved im­pres­sive re­sults, par­tic­u­larly the Class of 2017.

Siphosethu Sec­ondary School in ru­ral Richards Bay and Khom­bindlela High School in Em­pan­geni were iden­ti­fied by the paras­tatal, as­sisted by the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, as part of TNPA’s school adop­tion programme.

Prior to in­ter­ven­tion, Siphosethu Sec­ondary learn­ers strug­gled with maths and science.

Ac­cord­ing to TNPA, one of the big­gest hur­dles for teach­ers was the lack of proper in­fras­truc­ture and equip­ment – in some in­stances, pupils were forced to share desks ow­ing to a lack of suf­fi­cient sup­plies.

Five years on and the class of 2017 achieved a pass rate of 100% in life sciences, 86% in maths lit­er­acy,

64% in phys­i­cal science and 56% in math­e­mat­ics.

Khom­bindlela High School is at­tended by many learn­ers whose fam­i­lies are un­able to af­ford es­sen­tial ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial such as sci­en­tific cal­cu­la­tors and mo­bile lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment.

The begin­ning of the adop­tion ten­ure saw TNPA fur­nish class­rooms with desks and chairs, fol­lowed by sci­en­tific cal­cu­la­tors and mo­bile lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment.

The aim was to help the learn­ers stay on par with both other schools in the area and in the prov­ince.

‘It hasn’t been easy, but I can con­fi­dently say that we have seen a great im­prove­ment in the re­sults when com­pared to five years ago,’ said the Port of Richards Bay’s Cor­po­rate Af­fairs Of­fi­cer, Nku­l­uleko Molefe.

‘Through the re­port cards over the years, you can see a dis­tinct im­prove­ment.

‘It is not only the pupils and teach­ers from the two schools who have ben­e­fited - teach­ers from sur­round­ing schools came through to the train­ing ses­sions and have taken what they have learned back to their schools.’

The port’s in­volve­ment in the schools has also had a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the teach­ers.

‘There is def­i­nitely more en­thu­si­asm all round. TNPA has given our teach­ers the aids they need and that makes it eas­ier to go to class with con­fi­dence,’ said Khom­bindlela High Prin­ci­pal Lungile Ntuli.

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