Computers to boost learning in Isilimela

Learners at Isilimela Comprehensive High School in Langa received a much-needed boost with the launch of a new computer lab to better the school’s matric pass rate.

The lab, valued at R650 000, was officially opened on Friday 16 August. The lab has been financed by the South African Medical and Education (Same) foundation and has 50 computers and a security system.

The foundation, which is dedicated to improving maths and science education at township schools, creates an environment where quality health care and education is available to everyone. It uses high impact projects to supply medical and educational services in SA with resources they vitally need to enhance the services they already offer to the community.

Grade 10 learner, Anna Keva, said it is a privilege to have sponsors thinking about them.

“The computer lab means we do not have to go to the library to do research and waste time that could have been used to focus on our school work,” said Keva.

She said the lab will also help them improve their results and that they will use it wisely.

Luvolwethu Mahlathi, a Grade 12 learner, said the lab will be of great help in their studies going forward.

He said it will make education more flexible and that it will help them prepare for important career opportunities.

School principal, Isaac Sijula, said it is a dream come true for the school to have a state of the art computer lab.

He said a lot of learners find it difficult to do certain courses when they get to tertiary institutions because they were never exposed to computers.

He said Isilimela will never be the same and that they will treasure the lab and make sure it is well looked after.

Trevor Pols, chief executive officer of Same, said they have been helping where they can after making partnerships with the departments of health and education.

He said they often come back to see whether the facility delivers the required results.

In the Western Cape, he said they had seen an increase in pass rates since they began the rollout of the project. “With the different labs we build for schools we have seen fantastic results,” he added.

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