Donation a textbook case of aid

2018-05-30 06:01
At the handing over of textbooks to the Bothitong High School are from the left Omphile Monyera (principal of the Bothitong High School), Tumelo Mpolokeng (chief executive officer of the JTG Developmental Trust), Kagelelo Johannes (circuit manager) and Kealeboga Choche (project manager of the JTG Developmental Trust).Photo: Supplied

At the handing over of textbooks to the Bothitong High School are from the left Omphile Monyera (principal of the Bothitong High School), Tumelo Mpolokeng (chief executive officer of the JTG Developmental Trust), Kagelelo Johannes (circuit manager) and Kealeboga Choche (project manager of the JTG Developmental Trust).Photo: Supplied

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A dire need at the Bothitong High School was relieved when more than 1 000 textbooks, for different subjects, and 101 teacher guides were presented to the school on Wednesday, 16 May.

The donation, made by the John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust (JTGDT) will benefit learners from Gr. 8 to Gr. 12.

This followed a request of the school to the trust, as the school had been plagued by service delivery protests and the shortage of textbooks became imminent as most learners did not bring back the textbooks they had received from the school.

Tumelo Mpolokeng, chief executive officer (CEO) of the trust, accompanied by officials and members of the trust, the Department of Education, police, school governing body and traditional leaders, were present at the handing over.

“Our request to the trust was mainly for lower grades, from Gr. 8, and we are grateful that the gap has been filled,” said Omphile Monyera, school principal.

She said they were starting to experience a drop in their overall performance, from 100% to 85,17%.

“Without textbooks, it was becoming difficult to fully achieve our target as a school, and we pride ourselves in the good results we have attained in previous years; hence the urgent request to the trust,” she added.

Mpolokeng said the trust’s relationship with the department fulfilled a need the department could not address.

“We have adopted most schools in the JTG District and when a request is tabled to us, we assist in the best possible way we can.

“Our road does not end here today with the school; we will be looking into different intervention programmes for the school to improve results for this academic year.”

He cited the donation as evidence of the commitment they had made in the past of maintaining and promoting quality of teaching and learning in partnership with the Department of Education.

“There are positive messages in terms of the emergence of a quality learning culture within our district, which we have instilled in previous years, and we remain committed to that discipline.”

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