KWAZULU-NATAL MEC for Education Kwazi Mshengu says they want to close the gap between the township schools and the former model C schools. Mshengu was speaking at the official handover of the higher computer centre at Siqongweni Secondary School in Imbali Unit 13 last Thursday. The computer centre was donated by a company called Aberdare, and it has 41 computers and one flat screen television that will be used for teaching pupils.This donation follows the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa at the school earlier this year. The president asked the pupils what they want the most at the school since they are one of the best performers, and they said they wanted a computer lab.Mshengu said Siqongweni is one of the few schools in the townships that have this facility. He said it is important to them as the department to work hard in improving the standard of learning in township schools.“Our wish is to close the gap between the township schools and the ex-model C schools. We are prepared to do everything we can because we want you to have a bright future,” he said. He further urged the pupils to take their studies serious as they are the future of this country. “The future is in your hands. We know that all of you have ambitions but you won’t succeed just because your parents sent you to school — you must be willing to be at school and work hard.”He further revealed that they are planning to install e-books so that pupils wont have to carry books to school.“Please go tell your parents and the community now not to steal these computers because we will not replace them. We cannot do the same things all over again while other schools are suffering.”Dr Andrew “Haiyan” Song, who is the Chief Executive Officer at Aberdare, said it feels good to be part of the historical books of Siqongweni Secondary.“We are very excited to be celebrating this milestone with the school. We want to celebrate the change of the lives of the youth and children.“We will continue to support the youth and improve their lives across the province. I believe that if one changes the life of one member of the youth, that can change the community because youth can change the country. “We are prepared to use the little we have to help the government empower youth,” he said. School principal Bheki Dlamini said they never thought that their school would have its own computer lab. He said they are very grateful and promised that they will take care of the computers.