MEC donates School Uniform to white-ville learners

Posted on Wednesday, 30 May 2018

By Thando Ngcume

Category: Latest News

MEC for Education Mandla Makupula recently donated school uniform to a total of 28 needy learners of White-Ville Primary School at Ngcamngeni location outside King Williams Town.

Encouraging learners, Makupula said that leaners must value education as it is the most important tool you can have in life. “I am appealing to you learners and the community at large to guard your school and protect it against all odds. Parents please encourage your children to respect education and their school” said Makupula. He added that in order for schools to remain open, the community must play its role and encourage their children to study in the village school to avoid rationalisation of schools.

“Today was one of the best things that has ever happened to our school because the MEC took time out of his busy schedule to come to the village and donate to the needy,” said an excited Velile Ngculu who is the Chairperson of the school.  He further said that this was a good experience as there was a direct interaction between the community, teachers, learners and the MEC. “We have been given an opportunity to ask whatever we want from the MEC which in nowadays is a very rare occurrence” explained Ngculu.

Fundiswa Zembetha, a parent of one of the learners who benefitted thanked the MEC for his kind gesture towards their children. “This will definitely bring positive change to my child attendance at school as I was sometimes ashamed to send her son to school without proper uniform,” said a visibly proud Zembetha.

According to Bongiwe Fihla a teacher from the school, the school is situated in a very poor community where most of the kids are being taken care of by their grandparents whilst their parents are in search of jobs in other provinces. “I believe that this will encourage others as well to come to the school as food and uniforms are being provided and also this will better their concentration in the classroom. All in all, we are very grateful for the visit and would be patiently waiting for the MEC response to other demands,” explained Fihla.

Ntombizonke Gijana, the school principal sincerely thanked the MEC and promised to work harder to keep their pass rate high. “It is our belief that working together with the community the enrolment of the school can increase and we also support the go back to school campaign and the re-opening of the Ntabakandoda Senior Secondary School,” concluded Gijana.

The MEC promised to respond to the school demands such as the upgrading old toilets in which he promised to send a team to assess the situation, to give the school sports facilities like netball poles, soccer and rugby poles for learners who are interested in sport.

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