New home for classes

2015-05-05 06:00
Kenmere principal Andre Johannesson cuts the ribbon with headboy Ezra Goliath and headgirl Caitlin Collins. Pupils will move into the five new classrooms (right) next term.

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Kenmere principal Andre Johannesson cuts the ribbon with headboy Ezra Goliath and headgirl Caitlin Collins. Pupils will move into the five new classrooms (right) next term. PHOTOs: nicole mccain

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Grade 4 and 5 pupils at Kenmere Primary will make themselves at home in new classrooms from next term.

The school officially opened five new classrooms after having been under construction for the last year.

Funding for the project was supplied by the education department while the school was allowed to manage the project, principal Andre Johannesson says.

“The school put a team together which was managed by us, with oversight. This was much better than having the public works department managing the project, as we were able to expedite the process and ­ensure high quality standards,” he says.

A local contractor was appointed, Johannesson says.

“We wanted to use someone from the community who wanted to give back,” he says.

The project cost R4.5m and the new classrooms boast modern technology, Johannesson explains.

“The classrooms are fully installed with technology to allow TVs, interactive boards, alarms, intercoms and all modern technology. The school is also currently having broadband internet installed, so we hope to see pupils working off tablets in a few years,” he says.

The new classrooms will replace prefab classrooms currently used.

“These are hot and small and they really are not conducive to teaching,” Johannesson says.

Five classrooms damaged in a fire last year have also been rebuilt.

Education department spokesperson ­Jessica Shelver says the existing prefabricated classrooms were beyond repair and ­required urgent replacement.

“The new classrooms will relieve health, improve safety conditions and better the ­education process,” she says.

Johannesson hopes to receive funds to ­upgrade the remaining ten classrooms.

However, no additional funding will be given to the school for further construction, Shelver says.

“We hope the new classrooms will improve academics and the pupils are very ­excited to move in,” he says

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