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2017-03-09 06:00
Engen in collaboration with South African Medical and Education Foundation launched two modern science labs, computer lab and five refurbished classrooms at Manzomthombo Secondary School, in Mfuleni, on Thursday. Debbie Schäfer, MEC for Education witnessed the handover.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Engen in collaboration with South African Medical and Education Foundation launched two modern science labs, computer lab and five refurbished classrooms at Manzomthombo Secondary School, in Mfuleni, on Thursday. Debbie Schäfer, MEC for Education witnessed the handover.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Manzomthombo Secondary Schhol in Mfuleni is set to receive infrastructural facelift to the value of more than a million rand.

This, it is hoped will help raise the morale of staff and learners at the school to improve on their matric pass rate.

Two modern science laboratories, a computer laboratory and five refurbished classrooms will make all this possible, say the funders and stakeholders.

Giant petroleum refienr Engen, in collaboration with South African Medical and Education Foundation (SAME Foundation), a not-for-profit organisation have dipped into their pockets to make a donation towards the refurbishment of the school.

Engen has invested R1 729 148 in the project.

The leading producer and marketer of fuel has renovated a number of schools across the country recently.

The school is the first to benefit from the project in the province and more local schools are set to benefit in future.

Mntu Nduvane, Engen’s corporate social investment manager, said the improved learning environment will empower learners to excel in various fields.

“In particular, the science labs will ensure that learners are exposed to basic science equipment in an environment that is conducive to learning. By creating this positive experiential learning experience, the subject matter will really come alive for the learners,” Nduvane said.

The school was selected due to its improvement of matric results from 82.7 percent in 2015 to 91.6 percent in 2016.

John Matiso, the school principal, promised Debbie Schäfer, MEC for Education in the Western Cape, that they will be able to achieve their target of 95 percent pass rate for this year’s class.

“We are targeting 95 percent for this year’s class and we are going to achieve that. We want to be part of Premier’s Awards. I know that we can always rise above challenges that we face as we are in a disadvantaged area. We have to be an agency of change,” Matiso said.

Schäfer congratulated Matiso for improving the pass rate last year.

“We are working very hard as government to ensure that all schools get the resources they need.

We want to compete with the best in the world. We need to pull out all stops to increase the pass rate for maths. We have to make sure that opportunities are available to learners and to empower them.

We will ensure that they get quality education. We appreciate the partnership that is formed here. it will make a great impact in the lives of our learners,” she said.

Schäfer said pass rate for science was improved by 31 percent to reach 72 percent last year in the province.

Trevor Pols, chairman for the SAME Foundation, said “The foundation is taking this successful science revitalisation model to schools all around the country. Our aim is to ensure quality education,”.

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