Ugu : Legislature donation gives 46 schools access to labs

2011-07-11 00:00

PHYSICS and science pupils in rural KwaPhungashe administrative area near Umzumbe on the South Coast will for the first time in many years have access to science laboratories.

This after the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature donated 46 mobile science kits valued at about R1 million to the Phungashe Education Centre on Friday.

The handover was made by legislature speaker Neliswa Nkonyeni and it coincided with the official opening of the centre by Education MEC Senzo Mchunu.

The kits will benefit 25 high schools and 21 rural primary schools in the Ugu district.

The centre initiative is funded by the Netherlands, which has formed a partnership with the Education Department.

A spokesperson for Nkonyeni, Wonder Hlongwa, said that earlier this year the legislature did a schools functionality inspection in rural schools, which also covered the South Coast.

“We discovered that rural learners in that area have never seen a science laboratory. We have decided to work with the Education Department in an attempt to find a solution for the problem as we understand the budgetary constraints it is facing.

“We urge the private sector to contribute as part of its social responsibility programme,” said Hlongwa.

The education centres are aimed at providing resources to assist educators for development purposes and will provide conducive environments and facilities to conduct training programmes and workshops, he said.

Centre manager Sfiso Dlamini commended the donation of the kits, saying it will change how pupils do physics and science.

“Learners in rural schools do these subjects only in theory. Now they will have the opportunity to know chemical reactions in practice.,” Dlamini said.

“The facilities include computer laboratories and a library with material and books relating to educator development.”

Rural areas in a number of municipalities around the province have benefited from the programme.

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