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Historic schools must be restored: Ndungane

2012-09-24 20:33

Johannesburg - Historic schools should be fully restored as cultural icons, because they have a special place in the country's heritage, former Anglican archbishop, Njongonkulu Ndungane, said on Monday.

These schools had educated many of South Africa's leaders, including former president Nelson Mandela, African Union commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, he said in a statement.

Communities and past pupils would need to support the schools by donating time and money. The government also needed to play a role in developing the schools.

"I therefore call on government to assign these schools a special category and designate them as academies," said Ndungane, who is the executive director of the Historic Schools Restoration Project.

"The project also seeks to reclaim the memory and heritage of the historic sites that include the original school buildings," he said.

Ndungane said Adams College, Inanda Seminary, Inkamana, Lemana, Ohlange and St Matthews were just some of the historic schools in South Africa which should be assigned to a special category.

Comments
  • tobydt - 2012-09-24 20:55

    Who will get these tenders? :P

      godfrey.welman - 2012-09-24 21:40

      @Sinudeity.... The Traditional Leader, in exchange for anc votes.

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-09-24 21:00

    Full agreement provided the children have a proper education in these schools by properly trained teachers.

      phillip.cwazibe - 2012-09-24 22:08

      Some of these schools are in poorly or undeveloped territories. Will be costly but agree with you.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-09-24 21:09

    Another irrelevant plan,what is it with these okes.

  • Meister01 - 2012-09-24 21:12

    What about Oost Eind in Sunnyside? Once declared a museum. Now totally demolished.

  • jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-09-24 21:31

    Fine sentiment Archbishop but all your historic schools are now fee paying private schools for e.g. St John's and St Peter's in JHB and Bishops and St Cyprians in CT and lots of others across SA. Work with these schools to establish low fee private schools which they can run as a mirror images of themselves. This is a better way forward than to ask a failing government to,produce more failure.

  • peter.mansfield.395 - 2012-09-24 22:09

    Excellent idea. Will help their considerable contribution to education.

  • les.nakin - 2012-09-24 23:24

    Indeed there are many such schools in E.Cape like Clarkebury, Mariazell, and St John's etc These schools have contributed a lot to our education

  • John - 2012-09-24 23:25

    More Contracts for Julius.........

  • tommo.too - 2012-09-25 00:54

    But first the schools must get books!!!

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-09-25 07:37

    There is an annoying pattern here...surely the many dysfunctional public schools are in need of more attention!The same status with health care where we rank 175/190 and what does the ANC propose?A mega NHS which we can't afford.Never mind that the current health care system is a complete disaster!So Bish..get the basics right before unleashing grand ideas!

  • Blixum - 2012-09-25 13:49

    I thought bantu education did not produce any leaders? Why then restore the schools that were burnt down many years ago?

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