School needs power to compute

2009-10-12 00:00

THE Zibukezulu Technical High School in Imbali has been identified as one of the first hundred schools in the province to be supplied with 25 computers each in order to create a computer laboratory.

Problem: the school has no electricity to run the computers and has only two months in which to get connected or be moved to the end of the list.

“We are in the first 100 out of 6 000 schools,” says school principal Innocent Khumalo. “If we lose this opportunity it won’t come again in our lifetime.”

The school has already been provided with the computer work stations and chairs, but will only get the computers when Education Department representatives have checked the school’s readiness to receive them.

“They are now investigating those schools that have been identified to see if they are ready to receive the computers,” says Khumalo.

“The obvious question is do they have electricity?”

“We have identified a suitable room for the computers,” says Khumalo. “But it does not have electricity. We need connections and plugs.”

Zibukezulu Technical High School has been through tough times.

That there is no electricity is due to a combination of vandalism and cable theft. Doors are missing from the classrooms, the latches on all the windows have been stolen, the school library has been vandalised and all the light fittings stolen.

At the beginning of 2008, the Education Department announced they were closing the school as a result of vandalism, poor performance and low pupil numbers.

However, following a meeting with parents, pupils, the school governing body, the teachers’ unions, community members and the teachers, it was decided to keep the school open.

Security has improved since a family began living in a house on the school premises earlier this year.

Discipline and performance has also improved, last year the school’s matric pass rate rose from 14% in 2007 to 30,36%.

Khumalo hopes extra compulsory matric study classes will see the pass rate rise again this year.

Though electricity has been restored to the administration block, it can’t be extended to the classrooms until security measures have been improved — this means the replacement of doors and the installation of burglar bars.

A community member has offered to secure the school library and, with assistance from the Education Department, this should re-open by the end of the year.

• If you can help Zibukezulu Technical High School get connected so they can boot up their computer laboratory please contact the school principal Innocent Khumalo at 033 398 7478 or 083 591 4587.

THE Zibukezulu Technical High School has a claim to a special place in South Africa’s history. On March 25, 1961, in the Arya Samaj Hall on the grounds of the school, Nelson Mandela made his last public speech before his arrest outside Howick the following year.

Last year a monument was unveiled in front of the hall to commemorate Mandela’s speech at the All-in-Africa conference. Mandela returned to the hall on April 25, 1997, when he was awarded the Freedom of Pietermaritzburg.

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