Comp lab for Gugs Compr’ opens

2017-10-26 06:00
Gugulethu Comprehensive learners with Kabira Akoob(monochrome), from or PPC, Ntsikelelo Ngcenge(red tie), school principal during the official opening of the new laboratory at the school.

Gugulethu Comprehensive learners with Kabira Akoob(monochrome), from or PPC, Ntsikelelo Ngcenge(red tie), school principal during the official opening of the new laboratory at the school.

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The Comprehensive Secondary School in Gugulethu took delivery of a Mobile Science and Information Technology (IT) Laboratory equipment on Tuesday this week.

The donation was made available by PPC, a cement company, as part of their Corporate Social Investment(CSI).

Kabira Akoob, group CSI manager at the company, said the school is one of 17 that have benefited from the programme across the country, three of which are in the province.

Akoob said the lab, which has 24 tablets is fitted with the software for nine subjects, although the focus is mainly on maths and science.

“This is our way of giving back to the communities that mostly support our business. The feedback that we are getting from the schools is good. We also help learners to choose subjects wisely. We also let them know about the bursary scheme that we have for tertiary institutions.”

The partnership between PPC and benefiting schools is going to last for five years, she announced.

She said PPC has a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Basic Education, which enables the company to monitor the progress in every lab.

This speaks directly PPC’s short to medium-term plan of offering bursaries to deserving matriculants from participating schools who want to pursue PPC-related careers.

Akoob said she was “disappointed” with the state of the lab at the school on the day, alleging it was “dirty” and that it showed that it was not taken good care of.

Ntsikelelo Ngcenge, the school principal, said they were grateful to the company for the donation.

“We are humbled. Our learners come from an environment which is not so good. They will now be able to get the practical aspects of their studies, instead of only theory.

We did have a science lab, which did not meet the requirements ... The exposure that they are going to get in the lab is going to bring about good change for them. This is going to benefit learners a lot,” Ngcenge said.

Ngcenge said complain by Akoob was informed by not having electricity at the lab which made it difficult for them to utilise it. He also said the school is also facing challenges such as learners who mostly miss first period due to late coming.

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