Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will on Thursday hand over Dorrington Matsepe Primary School in Kroonstad as part of the department’s programme of building 527 brand new schools across South Africa.
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) said this will be the 100th school completed under the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (ASIDI).
“A handover is an important symbolic and significant gesture during which communities can celebrate a return to dignity in education for rural and under privileged areas,” said DBE.
It said the vision of providing conducive teaching and learning conditions for teachers and learners remains imperative.
“ASIDI stands as the most ambitious of departmental programmes and is changing the face of school infrastructure in South Africa forever,” the department said on Tuesday.
It said ASIDI is about a brighter future for the children of South Africa, as the future belongs to them.
“Government is working to create an enabling environment for them to excel. In doing this, the country is moving towards shaping future leaders and creating a skilled workforce that will contribute to economic growth.”
All ASIDI schools come standard with specialist classrooms such as science and computer labs, nutrition and Grade R centres, libraries and administration blocks complete with a dedicated staff room, principal’s offices, a sick bay and reception.
Dorrington Matsepe Primary School was established in 1992 with 500 pupils and 15 educators. Current enrolment stands at 1 100 pupils, many of whom are from Troubou township nearby.
In the Eastern Cape alone, 84 schools have been completed to replace mud schools. In the Western Cape, the department has completed 11 schools, four in the Free State, two in Limpopo and one in the Northern Cape.
Source : SAnews.gov.za