Deputy Minister of Basic Education Enver Surty officially opened three mathematics classrooms, a Science and a Computer Laboratory at the Manyano High School on Tuesday.
He said his visit to the school was an interesting one, because he got the opportunity to assess what is happening in schools in the Western Cape.
“We still have long way to go, but we need to work harder to give quality education in public schools,” he said.
He said it is their duty to ensure that learners are not disadvantaged because of where they come from.
Manyano principal Nokuzola Malgas said they were honoured and excited for receiving the new facilities.
“We are blessed by receiving the new facilities; they will assist us in getting good results, particularly in Maths,” she said.
She said their learners will benefit because they had to transport them to other places in order for them to access laboratories, but now they are in-house.
Malgas said the mathematics classes will help because before the classes were full but now there is more space.
She said they have young, passionate teachers who will find doing their work more easy now.
However she said there is the issue of crime where schools get broken into and computers get stolen but they have a plan in place to counter that.
Anaso Yantolo (17) a grade 11 leaner said the new classrooms will help them a lot because before they had to squeeze themselves in small desks which made it hard to concentrate in class. She said even the new blinds in the classrooms will help them control the amount of light that comes in.
The new facilities were sponsored by South Africa Medical and Education Foundation (SAME), which tries to promote maths and science at township schools.
SAME Chief Executive Trevor Pols said they have renovated nine schools so far at a cost of R14 million. He said there is a huge need for such facilities in other schools as well. “I hope learners appreciate what has been done for them and will use it wisely.”