Eight schools in Thaba Nchu have received infrastructure as part of the District Whole School Development (DWSD) programme. In an effort to transform the quality of public schools, Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST), in partnership with the Free State Department of Education (FSDoE), has been implementing the programme in quantile 1 -3 primary and secondary schools in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts since 2014.
The safety of some of these classrooms recently came under scrutiny following concerns raised by Ward 32 committee member, Zwelakhe Joseph Msabe. Msabe alleged that the classes posed a safety threat, however, following a meeting with the education department and KST, it was revealed that none of the schools had been flagged as a safety hazard.
Out of the eight schools, six received basic infrastructure and two received incentive infrastructure with an investment of over R8 million, which will benefit 4208 learners and 151 educators from Ereskuld Primary, Kobue Primary, Moroka High, Tawana Primary, St. Paul’s Primary, Namanyane Primary, Goronyane Secondary and Christian Liphoko Secondary.
“Our theory of change places the learner at the centre of our interventions and therefore the safety of both learners and educators are of paramount importance to us. The programme takes seriously, and satisfies, all regulatory safety standards, including adhering to the norms and standards of the Department of Basic Education,” said Themba Mola, KST Chief Executive Officer.
“Communities must take pride in this infrastructure as well as ownership by protecting it from vandalism and theft so that future generations can also benefit from it,” concluded MEC, Tate Makgoe. – Seithati Semenokane