Edendale school gets corporate boost

2008-03-11 00:00

A much-needed Corporate Social Investment intervention by PricewaterhouseCoopers has resulted in the establishment of a new block at Amakholwa High School in Edendale, much to the delight of the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department, which faces a mammoth R25 billion infrastructure backlog.

PricewaterhouseCoopers worked with Project Build, which is essentially a not-for-profit organisation that strives to build good quality and cost effective classrooms, in achieving the noteworthy outcome.

The Durban office of PricewaterhouseCoopers initiated the “Adopt-a-School” programme, with the aim of encouraging other corporates to follow their lead in upgrading facilities at schools across the province.

It is understood that the company has been involved in the upgrading of five schools in KwaZulu-Natal over the past few years at a total cost of more than R3 million.

The latest project — which was co-sponsored by the PricewaterhouseCoopers Pietermaritzburg office — involved the construction of two classrooms and a tuck shop at Amakholwa High School, at an estimated cost of about R300 000.

Representatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers said physical infrastructure plays a meaningful and necessary role in the improvement of education, adding that government is not always in a position to provide the necessary infrastructure required in schools.

MEC for Education, Ina Cronje, praised the efforts of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Project Build, adding that the historical infrastructure backlogs remain very challenging.

She urged other businesses to follow the example of companies that invest in much needed education initiatives.

Cronje also warned that excessive educator absenteeism will not be tolerated, stating that quality education remains an imperative.

She noted that the educator absenteeism rate across most of KwaZulu-Natal is higher than that of the learner absenteeism rate.

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