Deputy minister donates school uniforms

2018-06-27 06:02
PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaDeputy minister Barbara Thomson hands over uniforms to Sanizwile Primary pupils.

PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaDeputy minister Barbara Thomson hands over uniforms to Sanizwile Primary pupils.

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DEPUTY minister of Environmental Affairs Barbara Thomson has urged pupils to respect their teachers in schools in order for them to have a brighter future.

Thomson was at Lay Ecumenical Centre, in Edendale, on Monday where she was handed over school uniforms to 12 schools in Pietermaritzburg. A total of 240 pupils benefited from this programme.

Speaking at the event, Thomson said this is their way, as the government, of taking care of the community and trying to close the gap of inequality.

“When we were selecting pupils that will benefit in this project, we asked teachers to pin-point those pupils who are really needy.

“We also sent our team to some of the schools to pin-point those pupils because we did not want to put pressure on the teachers by giving them more work.

“We want to close the gap of inequality in our communities.

“These uniforms are going to go a long way in helping those pupils who did not have them or those who had them but not in a good state.

“They will now regain their self-esteem and will look like other children, no matter what their background is.

“These are young pupils, most of them are from primary schools, so this is not about voting because these pupils are not voters. This is merely a programme that we have in the department as part of our social responsibility.

“Yes, we are the Department of Environmental Affairs but that does not close our eyes to the needs of people,”said Thomson.

Thomson further encouraged pupils who attended the hand-over ceremony to respect their teachers and treat them like their parents.

“Teachers are like your parents at school. We want you to have bright future.

“Please take care of these uniforms as well and do not misuse them,” she said.

The schools that benefited from this programme are Eastwood Secondary, Ashdown Primary, Mpungose Primary, McCarthy Primary, Austen Primary, Glenwood Primary, Russell Junior Primary, Eastwood Primary, Muzi Thusi Primary, Georgetown High and Sanizwile Primary.

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