“Zwezwe” gets its own school

2018-02-15 06:00
Inkanini Primary School prefab structure being put into place..PHOTO: unathi obose

Inkanini Primary School prefab structure being put into place..PHOTO: unathi obose

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Khayelitsha residents are exhilarated and applauding their community leaders for their hard work at ensuring that the Department of Education builds a school in Zwelitsha, following a long process of negotiations.

The Department of Education has confirmed that the installation of the prefabricated structures will be complete by next month.

Education Department’s Directorate of Communication’s Millicent Merton said: “Inkanini Primary School is expected to be finished next month. The school will have a capacity for 560 learners and will comprises of 14 mobile units, an admin unit, feeding kitchen and ablution facilities,”.

She emphasised that the expected practical completion date is 9 March 2018. Merton said the project has cost is about R9.6 million.

One residents from Zwelitsha, Zwelivumile Saul praised the Education Department for the great initiative, for bringing services closer to the community and wishes it to build more schools in the area.

“As community we are happy now that we have our own school closer to where we live. Our children have had to walk some kilometres when they go to school because we don’t have one here. I hope the department can also build us a high school too,” said Saul.

“We fought for this school to be here today. Lili(Andile, from Ses’khona) was in the forefront, fighting for this school and I’m glad that today our dreams are fulfilled. Government must not underestimate the power of the people, especially when they are united,” he said.

Ward 95 councillor Andile Lili applauded community leaders from various organisations in his ward who worked tirelessly for the school to be built.

He concurred with Merton’s assertion that the school will be complete by e3nd of next month.

“The school will start from Grade R to Grade 6. It will have an interim principal and governing body till the end of the year,” he said.

Lili indicated that the school will accommodate surplus learners from neighbouring schools.

“There is a challenge of influx in our neighbouring communities. So, we will take a certain number of learners from each school.

Some of the schools affected are Noxolo Xauka, Mpendulo, Nkazimlo, Masiphumelele, and Ludwe Ngamlana primary schools.

He said they have a memorandum of understanding with the City to provide services to the school. He vowed that the proper school will be erected in 2019.

Khayelitsha Education Forum Chairperson Nomawethu Mosana said as a forum, they are content with the initiative but disappointed with the structure.

“We are happy that there is new school going to be open soon because we have a challenge of influx in many primary schools. But we are not happy that its a prefab structure. It (school) will also ease the burden of transport for many parents.”

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