State-of-the-art lab for Howick schools

2016-11-16 06:02
PHOTO: supplied Guests at the official handover of the science laboratory at Asibemunye High School.

PHOTO: supplied Guests at the official handover of the science laboratory at Asibemunye High School.

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IN order to boost science education in the Howick area, Conlog (Pty) Ltd donated a state-of-the-art science laboratory at Asibemunye High School in Mphophomeni area last Thursday.

This project will not only benefit Asibemunye High, it will also benefit three other high schools in the area - Umthombo Secondary, Mpophomeni Secondary and Mconjwana High.

The high schools are all within walking distance from Asibemunye, and in the spirit of ubuntu, the principal and staff at Asibemunye have agreed to share their new science laboratory with their neighbouring schools using a roster.

The official handover of the laboratory took place at Asibemunye High last week, much to the delight of the pupils, teachers, principals and the deputy mayor of uMngeni Municipality.

Chief executive officer of Conlog, Logan Moodley said they wanted to provide pupils with the best possible resources with the objective of improving their maths and science results.

“South Africa’s quality of maths and science education has failed to impress for the second year in a row, as the country was ranked last among 140 economies on the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index for 2015-2016.

“With this in mind, Conlog (Pty) Ltd, a 50-year-old Durban-based company, which is the world’s leading metering solutions provider to utilities and municipalities, is determined to change this.”

Under the management of Conlog’s Socio Economic (SED) committee R357 000 was provided to fund this project.

“A good education is founded on the premise that the environment be conducive to the practice of learning. It should be able to make available to pupils the infrastructure, facilities and resources necessary for learning.

“Sadly, in South Africa the legacy of our past does not always render this basic fundamental a reality. All too often we find that our country’s schools - especially those serving the historically disadvantaged or today’s lower income groups do not measure up.

“Many fall short in terms of both infrastructure and the provision of the tools necessary to give effect to efficient teaching and effective learning and we hope that our contribution is a small step to making an improvement,” added Moodley.

He said they are confident that this science laboratory will help to improve the performance of pupils at the local schools.

Asibemunye High principal Hlalanathi Mnikathi said the new laboratory will enable pupils to go on to university and ultimately begin careers in engineering and scientific fields which will contribute to a vibrant economy.

“It is clear that by providing essential equipment in classrooms we can boost academic performance at schools. Corporate South Africa has a critical role to play in this process and we are proud that Conlog has chosen to be a part of this initiative.”

Louis Taylor, Director of Partnerships in Education said the Department of Basic Education (DBE) was highly appreciative of the contributions made by business in order to improve the quality of education in less privileged communities.

“The DBE welcomes this initiative by Conlog and we will ensure that the science laboratory donated by Conlog will be optimised by the four schools in the area.’’
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