New school hall makes a difference

2015-11-04 06:00
PHOTO: nqobile mtolo On Monday afternoon Kharina Secondary pupils wrote their final exams at the new chool hall which was completed this year.

PHOTO: nqobile mtolo On Monday afternoon Kharina Secondary pupils wrote their final exams at the new chool hall which was completed this year.

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MATRIC exam administration at Kharina Secondary used to be a difficult task as matriculants­ were housed in five venues.

However, all of that has changed with the newly constructed school and community hall.

The hall can accommodate more than 200 pupils at once during examination periods­.

Kharina Secondary’s head of department in commerce, Sharitha Pillay, said that plans to construct the school hall began 15 years ago.

“We finally realised this dream and wanted to make it a reality. Construction of the hall started in March and we completed it in six months. It was a huge challenge because we don’t get funding from the Department of Education. It is with the support of our benefactors, our sponsors and the money the school had been able to save in the past 15 years that this dream became a reality,” said Pillay.

Pillay said the hall will serve the dual purpose of serving the community and the school.

“For the first time our matriculants are using the hall for exams. Before we had this hall matriculants used to write at five different venues.

“Examination administration was a bit of a challenge. The hall is more than comfortable for our pupils. We also use it for our morning assembly. It is also our intention to use it to accommodate drama pupils in showcasing their talent.

“To have a facility like this is an accomplishment. We will be hiring it out to the public and there is a policy in place in terms of charges. The hall can accommodate 800 seated people. We still need to put up ablution facilities and air conditioning,” explained Pillay.

She urged the community and businesses to help fund the construction of the ablution facilities and finishing touches.

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