New school hall makes a difference

PHOTO: nqobile mtolo On Monday Kharina Secondary matric pupils wrote their final exams in the new school hall which was      completed this year.
PHOTO: nqobile mtolo On Monday Kharina Secondary matric pupils wrote their final exams in the new school hall which was completed this year.

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

However, all of that has changed with the completion of newly built school and community hall. The hall can accommodate more than 200 pupils during examination time­.

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 our 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 before it was built, but it is more than comfortable for our pupils and 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, urging the community and businesses to help fund the construction of the ablution facilities and finishing touches.

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