The Gauteng Education member of the executive council (MEC) Panyaza Lesufi officially handed over the newly constructed Marotola Primary School to the community of Stinkwater, north of Tshwane, today.
The Gauteng department of education (GDE) said the handover of the school was in fulfillment of the promise to the people of province that every child would get education closer to where they live.
“Marotola Primary School bears a stepping stone in that direction laid by the government to the community of Hammanskraal Township, Tshwane,” the department said.
“The school will cater for 1000 children from Grade 1 to Grade 7 and is one of many the department intends opening in townships across Gauteng in keeping with the commitment to provide state of the art infrastructure to communities which have been previously under-serviced.”
The GDE said the impact the project had had on the beneficiary community had been remarkable.
“Its success cannot be measured merely in direct benefits, such as the number of buildings erected, but rather the human benefit that the community has derived from being part of the process,” it said.
“The success of the project has been the direct involvement of the beneficiaries in the planning, implementation and ongoing management of the facilities.”
The newly constructed school created a total of 128 jobs, for 31 male adults, 18 female adults, 46 male youth, 33 female youth and two disabled, and 26 local sub-contractors were also appointed.
The department said the provision of schools with modern facilities in townships would go a long way to improve and transform the quality of education in the townships, have an economic impact and assist to stimulate the township economy.
“We are proud to present this mega school to the people of Stinkwater and plead with the community protect this school for many generations,” said Lesufi.
The GDE said the school was a modern facility with a design based on a prototype that incorporated their National Schools Infrastructure Norms and Standards.
“The school fall in the mega school category due to size that responds to the demand trends encountered across the province.”
– African News Agency (ANA)