“School at last,” -new premises takes shape

2018-04-19 06:00
Philippi High School learners roaming around at the school during lunch time.

Philippi High School learners roaming around at the school during lunch time.

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Learners at Philippi High School- who have been getting lessons from prefabricated structures since 2007- have indicated their happiness as the construction of a proper school near the local stadium takes shape.

They deem it a victory since they have done all in their effort to see to the building of a local school.

In the past they have suspended classes and took to the streets to demand a proper school from the department of education.

The project started after learners suspended classes and went out to the street demanded the Department of Education to build their school.

One of them, Yolisa Ndike, described the construction of the school as a great achievement for learners. He said they have sacrificed a lot for the school.

“This is a great achievement for us and we are very happy. It’s been years fighting for the school to be built. For the first quarter of the year, there were no studies in our school ... We took to protesting and even marched to the Legislature and the Department of Education,” he said.

Ndike,19, is Grade 12 learner at thge school.

“We protested for three years for the school.

We started protesting in March 2015. We marched again in 2016, when the Department of Education promised to build a school, but nothing came of that promise.

In March, we intensified our protests and the police even came and attacked, including early this year,” said Ndike.

Ndike said the learners had been studying in the prefabs for a decade.

“After the Department of Education officials showed us the budget allocated for the school and signed papers for our school’s approval, we stopped the protests and went back into the classrooms,” said Ndike.

He said they are currently attending extra classes to cover for the time lost.

However, Lulamile Sibiya, acting principal, refused to comment and referred all questions to the Department of Education.

Provincial Department of Education communications officer Millicent Merton confirmed the school construction and said the project is currently proceeding according to plan.

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