Kasi schools given a facelift

2017-12-07 06:00
Patrick Barnes, principal at Usasazo Secondary School is happy for the donation, in Khayelitsha.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Patrick Barnes, principal at Usasazo Secondary School is happy for the donation, in Khayelitsha.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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The donation of eight classrooms, kitchen, outdoor gym, upgraded sport field and borehole for water was warmly welcomed, at Usasazo Secondary School, in Khayelitsha.

Mellon Housing Initiative handed-over the donation at the school, recently.

Patrick Barnes, school principal, said the donation was a big relief for them as they are facing a challenge of overcrowding.

The school was designed to accommodate 1000 learners, but it is now sitting on 1350 learners with other classes being conducted in science laboratory.

Barnes said he first approached the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) but his request for mobile classes was turned down the department citing that there is no budget for it, last year.

He then approached the company for assistance, in April.

“I leant that the company was helping schools so I used the opportunity to ask for assistance. We are so happy. The situation in the school caused friction between teachers, because they had to share classes. This will not only make us to take more learners, but also to improve the standard of education in the school. The classrooms have store rooms and office for teachers.

Education side of it will see them getting assisted by a team of experts which include former school principals who will help them improve their pass rate, from 2018.

Thokozani Ncayiyana, chairperson for School Governing Body (SGB), said the donation came at the right time.

“We are very grateful as the SGB and parents. The company is a good example and they showed that there are companies that care about education of our children. They did not only address the issue of overcrowding, but they also repaired the old building which was in a bad state. The school is very old and it was used by Mathew Goniwe Memorial High School before. I appeal to residents to secure the school and not vandalise it. I also appeal to government to provide us with training as SGB so we can manage the school,” Ncayiyana said.

Shoprite took hands with Mellon Educate to support three schools with a R5 000 gift card to assist with stationery for 2018. The Mellon Educate volunteers, who are busy building and upgrading classrooms, was also surprised with snacks and Zip Cola.

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