Zamazulu Secondary receives 20 laptops

2016-09-14 06:00
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Getting to grips with one of the laptops (from left) Omkar Bhundoo (Pinnacle Afrika), Grade 12 pupil Pinky Ndawonde and Shaun Emslie (head of information technology in the office of the premier).

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Getting to grips with one of the laptops (from left) Omkar Bhundoo (Pinnacle Afrika), Grade 12 pupil Pinky Ndawonde and Shaun Emslie (head of information technology in the office of the premier).

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FULFILLING a promise made in March by the deputy minister of telecommunications and postal services and Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, last Friday Zamazulu Secondary School received a fully functional computer centre with fast wireless connection.

The centre, with 20 new laptops, is part of a plan by government to roll out information and communications technology (ICT) and broadband at schools in and around Imbali to improve teaching and learning methods.

Addressing pupils at the school, head of information technology in the office of the premier, Shaun Emslie, said the new laptops will enable pupils to get information via the internet.

“We are here to follow up on the promise we made earlier this year. We are passionate about schools and technology, it important for all career fields and our plan is to continue connecting more schools. We have kept our end of the bargain and are now waiting for the Zamazulu class of 2016 to produce exceptional matric results.”

Emslie warned pupils to only use the laptops to improve learning.

“Don’t use it for bad things, be vigilant and use them only to gain knowledge. Respect the computers and keep them in good condition for those coming after you,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the company that donated the laptops, Pinnacle Africa, Omkar Bhudoo said he hopes they will open pupils’ minds to the exciting world of information technology.

“We are excited to provide the laptops to the school to better the teaching environment. We hope they will make a big difference in your lives and the community, and we hope they influence you to choose information technology as a career choice. Look after these machines and don’t damage them.”

Principal Xolani Ndlela said the school has been struggling for 10 years to get a fully functional computer centre.

“Our pupils had to go to the library in town to access the internet and some of them didn’t have money to access that facility and would end up producing assignments that were of poor quality, hand-written and not well researched.

“This is a start of a new era for them and now they have no excuse to submit work of poor quality.”

Ndlela promised that the computer centre will be well looked after.

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