Disabled pupils receive beds

2018-06-29 06:01
Pupils and Mount Fletcher Special School principal Fuzeka Mjikwa (middle) receive new beds.PHOTO: siphelele nketo

Pupils and Mount Fletcher Special School principal Fuzeka Mjikwa (middle) receive new beds.PHOTO: siphelele nketo

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SLEEPING on mattresses will be a thing of the past for disabled pupils of Mount Fletcher Special School as they received new beds and blankets from the Eastern Cape Department of Education and Eastern Cape Disability Economic Empowerment Trust (ECDEET).

There was joy and jubilation among the disabled pupils as they received 80 beds for the first time. The children had previously been sleeping on mattresses on the floor.

The school was established by Department of Education (DoE) employee Fuzeka Mjikwa in 2016. Mjikwa saw a need to help disabled children to get education and skills.

“After I opened the school, parents from KwaBhaca, formerly known as Mount Frere, as well as Mthatha and Matatiele, started sending their children to the school. Pupils are being given learning and vocational skills,” said Mjikwa.

She added that the school has conducted several awareness campaigns with communities about caring for disabled children.

“The school has three teachers and 28 staff members who are working in the kitchen, laundry and hostel. We need eight additional teachers because the number of pupils has grown to 80,” said Mjikwa. ECDEET chief executive officer, Thabiso Phethuka said their aim was to keep pupils warm during winter.

Speaking at the event, DoE MEC Mandla Makupula promised to add more teachers at the school and thanked ECDEET for partnering with the department for the development of the school.

“The school will be given water tanks before the end of June and an infrastructure team from DoE will be visiting the school about building new structures. We will also be donating a mobile kitchen to the school,” said Makupula.

Member of Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature Ntombovuyo Nkopane, who was at the event, said the responsibility of MPLs was to make clauses and approve budgets allocated for government departments. She thanked stakeholders for supporting the school.

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