19 September 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Micha-Kgasi Secondary gets major renovation

by:

Elias Malindi

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Teaching and learning will improve at the Micha-Kgasi Secondary School in Kgabalatsane village near Brits, where Education and Sport Development MEC, Sello Lehari handed over a newly renovated school last week.

This is part of the provincial government's effort to improve teaching and learning in schools conditions across the province. The school renovations cost government R12-million.

Micha-Kgasi Secondary School was built in 1967 after communities of Hebron, Rabokala and Kgabalatsane villages contributed R5 each towards the school building fund. The school was named after the first educator in the community of Kgabalatsane and builders provided the building services free of charge.

The school has in the past years produced prominent people who still contribute immensely towards the economy of the country, among them former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of South African Football Association and current Proudly South African CEO Leslie Sedibe and Philemon Kotsokoane, who eventually became the Director of Information and Communication Technology in Bokone Bophirima's education department.

Bokone Bophirima's Department of Education and Sport Development renovated the administration block, computer laboratory, car parking, paving, 18 classrooms, toilets, eight mobile classrooms, library and the replacement of the roof for the whole school. The school has, in the past three years, obtained more than 85 percent pass rate in the matric results.

School Governing Body chairperson, Matshidiso Moatlhodi, said the school could no longer use poor infrastructure as a reason for non-performance.

"To the learners and teachers of our school, the department has delivered on renovation. Therefore, we do not have any excuse to hide behind the school buildings. All we are targeting is100 percent," said Moatlhodi.

Segomotso Kungwane, a Grade 11 learner and a Learner Representative Council (LRC) member, said the development would make them fulfil their dreams of completing matric with flying colours.

During the handover ceremony, MEC Lehari condemned the destruction and burning down of public property that's happening in some communities.

"We came to celebrate the good work done by the caring government of the people. This celebration comes at a time when other communities in our country continue to burn down schools to address challenges in their communities. In other areas communities refuse learners to go to school to exercise their constitutional right, the right to education," Lehari said.

"I want to commend parents and the community of Kgabalatsane who have shown appreciation for the government's good gesture. This is done to ensure that learning and teaching takes place in a safe and conducive environment. As the government of Bokone Bophirima, we strongly condemn the destruction and burning down of the public property because these buildings are intended to benefit the future generations," said MEC Lehari.

The MEC closed the ceremony by wishing all learners in Bokone Bophirima province well when they write their final examinations.

Caption1: MEC Sello Lehari with departmental officials and the SGB observing learners using the computer at the newly renovated computer laboratory Caption2: MEC Sello Lehari flanked by SGB Chairperson Moatlhodi Matshidiso and Principal Sydney Madisha cutting the ribbon to officially open the newly renovated Micha-Kgasi Secondary School.