Primary school on track to “shine” for education era

2015-06-25 06:00

Jonker Barnes, an architect, taking Donald Grant, MEC for Transport and Public Works and MEC Debbie Schäfer, for Education through the design for the school, on Thursday, in Philippi.
Mbongiseni Maseko

Jonker Barnes, an architect, taking Donald Grant, MEC for Transport and Public Works and MEC Debbie Schäfer, for Education through the design for the school, on Thursday, in Philippi. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Two MECs who visited the site for the new Khanya Primary School were left impressed by the progress of construction of the school, on Thursday, Philippi.

MEC Debbie Schäfer, for Education and Donald Grant, MEC for Transport and Public Works, were pleased to see that the construction was on its final stages and that the school will be ready for learners to move-in at the beggining of the third term.

The school will accomodate learners who mainly reside in Heinz Park, Samora Machel and Philippi.

The learners have been temporarily accommodated at former Buckingham Primary School building in Mitchell’s Plain since 2006, after vacating the Ottery Youth Centre buildings that was utilised since 2004 when the school was established.

The school came in a tune of R54 million.

Schäfer said the construction started in March last year.

“It is great to see that it is nearly completed and that it was successfully built.

A number of schools have been built mostly in disadvantaged areas and are expected to start operatin this year. It is a success story,” she said.

The building of the school has required the participation and cooperation of both departments.

It has 28 classrooms, two Grade R classrooms, two specialist rooms for art and music, an administration block and school sick bay, a kitchen, a computer room, school hall, library, two specialist rooms, sport’s field, two physical training and playing surfaces.

Ten other new schools are expected to be completed this year and fifteen other schools are still under construction, in the province.

Grant said he was happy that the first meeting which talked about the construction of the school, in 2012, bear fruits.

“I am happy about the professional team that build the school.

They have done a wonderful job. I am also impressed by the impact of technology that the school has.

Learners will get exposure to technology,” Grant said.

Jonker Barnes, an architect, was also confident that the work done in the school was good when he ushered the MECs around the school

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