Invest time in children’s education, asks MEC

2018-10-31 06:02
Learners of the Deben Primary School in the John Toalo Gaetsewe District who benefit from the mo­dular classrooms, ablution facilities, school desks and chairs, on 24 October. Photo: Supplied

Learners of the Deben Primary School in the John Toalo Gaetsewe District who benefit from the mo­dular classrooms, ablution facilities, school desks and chairs, on 24 October. Photo: Supplied

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“You must invest your time in your children. You are the mirror through which your children see life.”

This was emphasised by Northern Cape MEC for Education Martha Bartlett during the official handover of six modular classrooms, 12 ablution facilities, and 100 school desks and chairs to three schools on Wednesday (24/10).

During the handover an appeal was made to the learners and teachers of the Sishen Intermediate School, the Deben Primary School and the Hotazel Combined School to improve on school attendance to uplift their community in the John Toalo Gaetsewe (JTG) District.

According to Geoffrey van der Merwe, spokesperson of the department, the items are worth R4 million.

The JTG District partnered with the Kelebogile Trust to address overcrowded classrooms and improve the quality of education across all grades.

Bartlett said overcrowded classrooms negatively impacts on the quality of education.

“This is the reason why we are gathered here today – to demonstrate our resolve to fight poverty in the most enduring way known to our civilisation – through education,” Bartlett said.

“Good facilities and proper infrastructure will ensure that we create a conducive environment for quality learning and teaching, and are important for producing improved learner outcomes.

“I have no doubt that these facilities will encourage and improve school attendance,” Bartlett said.

“After all, these learners are the community’s leaders of tomorrow.

“And if a community is to improve its economic and social well-being, it needs people with the right expe­rience and the right education.”

Bartlett said if the new classrooms, ablutions blocks and school furniture can play a small part in encouraging learners to attend school, get educated and find worthwhile jobs, it is good news for both learners and their families.

She said the community must make full use of these new facilities to improve education and contribute to their country’s progress by achieving full and rewarding lives in the future.

Bartlett appealed to all parents and guardians to be actively involved in the education of their children through helping them with homework, visiting their schools without notice and see what they are doing and in what conditions it is being done.

“The education of children is a necessary obligation of parenting.

“It is not enough to leave it to teachers alone. It is also not enough to simply provide uniforms, food and materials.

“If you invest your time in their education, it will be clear to them that you take it seriously and I am certain that they too will take it seriously,” she said.

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