More classrooms for Tongaat school

2016-08-18 06:00
Manager for Billy Nair Circuit Selvan Chetty and the principal from Victoria Primary School with a representatives from the Divine Life Society and teachers at a sod turning ceremony at the school. Photo: andile sithole

Manager for Billy Nair Circuit Selvan Chetty and the principal from Victoria Primary School with a representatives from the Divine Life Society and teachers at a sod turning ceremony at the school. Photo: andile sithole

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VICTORIA Primary School in Tongaat will now have four additional classes after the Divine Life Society made a pledge to help expand the school at a sod turning ceremony held at the school on 17 August.

The new classes will accommodate more pupils coming Tongaat and surrounding areas as they currently are not able to cater for more pupils.

Principal of Victoria Primary Lajeeth Maharaj said the school has more than 700 pupils from around Tongaat. He said that the school was last renovated in 1945 when the main block was built by a committee that was led by community activists.

“And now in 2016 we have a non-government organisation based on the principles of peace, divinity and love who is building our classrooms. Education is the most powerful tool that can be used to change our society.

“In recent years we have noted that a higher number of pupils are coming to our school. We have more than 700 pupils attending school this year. That caused a backlog as we are unable to accommodate the high number of pupils. We requested assistance from Divine Life Society in order to accommodate pupils coming into our school,” he said.

Manager for Billy Nair Circuit Selvan Chetty said organisations such as the Divine Life Society bring hope to the community that there are people in South Africa who want to uplift the education system.

Chetty said that former president Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990 and he went out his way to ask for donations from businesses to build schools.

“Mandela said in order for us to get the country right, we must get the education right.

“It is so fulfilling and reaffirming to see the Divine Life Society making the dream of former president come true. The Department of Education goes way back and shares a wonderful relationship with the Divine Life Society,” he said.

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