Deda school re-opens

2015-06-10 06:01
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Ndwedwe mayor Maxwell Hadebe with INkosi M. Ngcobo, INkosi T. Cibani, deputy mayor of iLembe District Municipality Dolly Shandu, Dr. Nzama and other dignitaries.

Photo: supplied Ndwedwe mayor Maxwell Hadebe with INkosi M. Ngcobo, INkosi T. Cibani, deputy mayor of iLembe District Municipality Dolly Shandu, Dr. Nzama and other dignitaries.

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THOUSANDS of members of the KwaDeda community in Ndwedwe attended the official opening of Deda Primary School in iLembe District Municipality recently.

The school recently underwent a major facelift after being renovated and extended with a multipurpose hall.

Deda Primary was officially reopen by Dr Nzama, the chief director in the office of the Head of Department in the Department of Education, KwaZulu-Natal.

The school has 21 classrooms, two computer laboratories and the newly-built multipurpose hall which will cater for more than 800 pupils.

Deda Primary which starts from pre-school to the seventh grade currently has an enrolment of 704, an Adult Basic Education and Training (Abet) programme, and boasts more than 50 graduates of computer lessons each year.

The school was named in 1968 after the late Nkosi Ngonyama Ngcobo whose nickname was Deda (loosely translated, running backwards).

Legend has it, the chief would send his oppositions in the battlefield running backwards.

The current Inkosi MP Ngcobo, deputy mayor of iLembe District Municipality Dolly Shandu and Ndwedwe Local Municipality mayor Maxwell Hadebe led the opening. Chief Ngcobo and Hadebe both thanked the headmaster of the school for involving community and traditional leaders in managing the school and for and having faith in their capabilities.

“We thank the government for prioritising our kids’ education. Government is doing everything for the child at schools and we all have something to say about government inputs to our public schools,” said Shandu.

Dr. Nzama shared with all the operation of public schooling system since 1994 and about the many programmes the government of the day has including but not limited to Early Childhood Development phase to FET phase and the bet program

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