From the 17 to 19 of January 2018, MEC Ravi Pillay visited six schools within the Harry Gwala District in support of the schools opening functionality monitoring programme’ undertaken by the provincial government annually.
MEC Ravi Pillay in a high five moment with a Zadungeni primary School learner.
It was all systems-go as schools opening day welcome learners and interaction with educators being at the highest peak of excitement.
MEC Pillay was equally excited during the round visits as he checked on how prepared the schools were for the 2018 academic year.
The programme aims to bring the needs of schools to the government in order that schools experiencing operational challenges may receive adequate support and mediation from government. An executive delegation from the KZN Public Works, the Portfolio Committee of Public Works, Harry Gwala District, UMzimkhulu Local Municipality and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (NDZ) Municipality accompanied Mr Pillay during the visits of schools.
Most of the schools visited had several challenges, such as lack of toilets, improper fencing, lack of educator capacity and infrastructure of roofs, window replacements and the floors. The MEC encouraged the principals to continue with the good leadership skills and continue to work together with the governing body of the school and the parents.
The schools visited are: Zadungeni Primary School, Ntabane High School, Ndela Secondary School, Madulini High School, Mahlahla Secondary School and Leshman Secondary School. The schools are located within the areas of UMzimkhulu, Ixopo, Bulwer and Underberg.
While every school had its adversities, many continue to produce satisfactory results, it is acknowledged and highly commendable that some schools received substantial assistance from the Department of Public Works with the renovations.
The communities have expressed appreciation on the work done by the Department of Public Works. They were happy to realise that the Government of the day really cares.
Schools are a great start to the future of leaners, as it opens their eyes on what they want to become when the grow up. Education is important in life as it leads a child to a greater future with knowledge for their tomorrow.