Matat viewpoint

2017-03-10 06:02

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A step in the right direction — an agricultural school for Matatiele.

The departments of Basic Education and Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, together with the Matatiele Local Municipality, on February 27, launched the first agricultural school in Matatiele since 1994.

The aim of the school is to strengthen the realisation of providing skills and job creators.

The opening of Moorosi Agricultural High School at Fiva, Ward 18, was officiated by the MEC of Education in the Eastern Cape, Mandla Makupula, accompanied by Matatiele Mayor L.M. Cllr Momelezi Mbedla.

Named after Chief Moorosi of the Ludidi Traditional Council, the new school is accommodated at Phakade School. This is after the building was left vacant due to the rationalisation of schools.

Welcoming attendees, Mbedla stressed the fact that “the school is not only meant for the Fiva community. This village serves as a host and should accommodate everyone from the province and throughout the country”.

He said the municipality will support the school in all forms to ensure the vision, which is: “Where nature, agriculture and tourism are investments of choice”, is realised.

The school has more than 100 pupils enrolled. The necessary farming and business development skills that are to be provided will boost the economy of Matatiele.

MEC Makupula encouraged parents to play a pivotal role in the education of their children. “We plead with everyone present here today to work together to ensure that the education system in the province is turned around. Teachers should teach and pupils must take their education serious,” he said.

To ensure that the school starts its operations, the department handed over five Bonsmara Heifers, 2 000 seedlings, protective clothing (work suits), sanitary towels, implements and chicks amounting to more than R50 000. The school offers the following subjects: agriculture, agricultural management and practise, mathematics and science. “We are waiting for the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to assist in purchasing a farm where we will construct a state-of-the-art school,” said Makupula.

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