2017/01/11 Rofhiwa Marubini and Gopolang Leepile
Following a long festive break, learners in Braamfischerville, Roodepoort started the new academic year on a high note with the opening of a new state-of-the-art school in Braamfischerville, Roodepoort.
The school was officially opened by Gauteng Premier David Makhura, together with MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi and MEC for Infrastructure Development, Jacob Mamabolo.
The school, Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela Primary School (NMMPS) is one of the GPG’s smart schools that they have been building over the past year. The school features modern technology and state of the art smart classrooms and sports facilities.
With the backlog on placement of pupils in the province, NMMPS will assist in decreasing the number of pupils who haven’t been placed yet, accommodating more than 1 300 pupils.
Premier David Makhura said that he has heard the cry of pupil placement and gave assurance that every child on the waiting list will be placed. He also urged parents to allow and cooperate with the education department when it comes to placement of their children.
“Parents should allow us to assist. If your first option was not successful, accept the second option and the third, because schools that you want are full and without your cooperation we will not succeed,” Premier Makhura said.
MEC Lesufi said that the provincial government is building more eight smart schools, and will all be opened this year for learning.
“We are also building 314 Grade R class rooms as well as eight more schools for learners with disability.”
Meanwhile, MEC for Social Development Nandi Mayathula-Khoza handed out 150 sets of school uniforms to pupils at both Rethabiseng Primary and Mpumelelo Secondary School at Bronkhorstspruit.
MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane was at Qhaqhola Primary School at Ratanda where she distributed scholar patrol uniform and equipment, and also urged pupils to be aware of strangers; accepting sweets and lifts, as it might lead to drugging and trafficking.
She also sent a stern warning to drivers who use bakkies to transport pupils to school, saying: “by law, bakkies are not supposed to be used as a mode of transport as they put the lives of children at risk.”
“I will also engage with transport associations soon to instil in them the need to partner in curbing road fatalities including transporting not only learners, but any other passengers on the back of bakkies,” said MEC Nkosi-Malobane.