DERRICK ZINCUMEA PINETOWN company invested in a state-of-the-art science laboratory at Sithokozile Secondary School recently. The company, Smiths Manufacturing, believe the donation will assist pupils to have a clear understanding of physical science, natural science and technology because it is a fully resourced laboratory.School principal Raphael Mtheku says this laboratory will help to improve the performance of pupils in these subjects.“This will enable them to go on to university and ultimately begin careers in engineering and scientific fields. “It is clear that by providing essential equipment in classrooms, we can boost academic performance at schools. “We are proud and grateful that Smiths Manufacturing has chosen Sithokozile Secondary School to be a part of this initiative,” said Mtheku The HR director at Smiths Manufacturing, Paul Vermaak, said that the Smiths Manufacturing Rainbow Nation Committee responsible for all corporate social investment committee said they would return to the school and provide much-needed science resources after their last year investment, which was based on upgrading the infrastructure of the school.Vermaak said they carefully select schools from the regions where their associates are from and where their children might be attending school. “A good education is founded on the premise that the environment be conducive to the practice of learning. “It should be able to make available to pupils the infrastructure, facilities and resources necessary for learning. “Sadly, in South Africa the legacy of our past does not always render this basic fundamental a reality. “All too often we find that our country’s schools especially those serving the historically disadvantaged or today’s lower income groups do not measure-up. “Many fall short in terms of both infrastructure and the provision of the tools necessary to give effect to efficient teaching and effective learning and we hope that our contribution is a small step to making an improvement,” said Vermaak.