New building set for Zeekoevlei

2016-12-13 06:01
Zeekoevlei High School will soon receive a revamp as most of the school is still set in prefabricated materials. The school also reaped great rewards in a soccer tournament recently. Pictured form left is Lleyton Samuels (15), Chadley Smith (16), principal William Prinsloo and Gakeem Phillips (15).  PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

Zeekoevlei High School will soon receive a revamp as most of the school is still set in prefabricated materials. The school also reaped great rewards in a soccer tournament recently. Pictured form left is Lleyton Samuels (15), Chadley Smith (16), principal William Prinsloo and Gakeem Phillips (15). PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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Pupils of Zeekoevlei High School can soon look forward to a brand new school as the Department of Education gears up for renovations at the school.

Principal William Prinsloo says they are very excited about the news.

“We were really happy when we received the news and looking forward to the new school that will be erected next year,” Prinsloo says.

“Our school was established in 1978 and the school has been in the same building since then. It is welcome news to know that the prefab building will be demolished and we get a brick school,” he says.

Prinsloo who has been at the school since 2004 says he has seen the condition of the school and is pleased that it will now get a new face and restore dignity at the school and among pupils.

Provincial education department spokesperson Jessica Shelver confirms the school will receive a revamp and further confirms that “only the prefabricated buildings will be replaced, not the entire school. The new building will be brick and mortar.’

Shelver explains the school was chosen for an upgrade as it was built with inappropriate materials.

“When we took over the administration in the Western Cape in 2009, we inherited a backlog of schools that were built with inappropriate materials that evidently needed a maintenance upgrade or replaced entirely with a new structure. It became our responsibility to tackle these backlogs, a challenge we took head on. We began to prioritise spending on both areas and the difference between the two administrations is staggering. Our first priority was to identify schools that needed replacement,” Shelver says.

“Unfortunately, the figures were alarming. Over 150 schools were identified. These schools are mostly situated in previously disadvantaged communities. With a limited and already re-prioritised budget towards infrastructure and resources, we set out to replace as many schools as we could within the means at our disposal,” Shelver explains.

Since 2009, 72 schools have been built in the province.

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