Kathu – On Thursday 25 October, the Northern Cape Department of Education together with the Kelebogile Trust in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District handed over 6 Modular Classrooms, 12 Ablution Facilities and 100 School Desks and Chairs worth four-million rand to the Sishen Intermediate School, Hotazel Combined School and the Deben Primary School, to address the plight of overcrowded classrooms in the area.
MEC Martha Bartlett thanked the organization for their contribution, saying that investments in education “constitutes one of the strongest building blocks for securing a bright and rewarding future of our dreams.” The MEC went on to stress that the issue of overcrowded classrooms had a negative impact on school attendance and the future of learners. “Overcrowded classrooms negatively impacts on the quality of education and this initiative will immensely contribute to the ideals we are striving for.
“Through the handover by the Kelebogile Trust, learners from the three beneficiary schools would be given a platform to learn in a conducive environment. The MEC added that “good facilities and proper infrastructure will ensure that we create a conducive environment for quality learning and teaching, and are important for producing improved learner outcomes. I have no doubt that these facilities will encourage and improve school attendance.” “these learners are the community’s leaders of tomorrow. And if a community is to improve its economic and social well-being, it needs people with the right experience and the right education,” she continued.
On the issue of violence against teachers the MEC added that the education of children “is a necessary obligation of parenting. It is not enough to leave it to teachers alone. It is also not enough to simply provide uniform, food and materials. You must invest your time. You are the mirror through which your children see life.” “If you invest your time in their education, it will be clear to them that you take it seriously and I am certain that they too will take it seriously,” MEC Bartlett concluded.