The Limpopo Department of Education has spent over R73 million building state-of-the-art schools in Greater Tubatse in Sekhukhune.
The schools are Mmutlane and Sogane Secondary School. Mmutlane Secondary School now has 12 new classrooms while nine were refurbished. The department also built 16 enviroloo toilets, a nutrition centre and an admin block.
MEC for Education in Limpopo, Ishmael Kgetjepe, said Sogane Secondary School had been equipped with 16 classrooms, 16 toilets, a nutrition centre, an admin block, science labs, a library, computer lab and a school hall.
“We are a government that listens to the people and we urge you to heed our calls when we say let none of these facilities be reduced to ashes,” he said.
MEC Kgetjepe said communities need to stop burning and vandalising schools during protests.
“We can choose methods that are militant during our protests but at the same time such methods must be peaceful and not destroy lives or property.”
He added that building the schools shows that government is serious about making education a priority.
“Our task is to continue with the work of creating conditions in which every learner in every school can access quality education in a safe environment. Our task is to present opportunities for every learner in every school to create a better life for themselves.”
He said it was only education that enables young people to choose opportunities that will make them innovators, and providers of job opportunities to other people.
“The country needs certain skills and expertise and all eyes are on learners of these two schools as to what will become of them.”
MEC Kgetjepe also appealed to educators to be professional in the classroom.
“We appeal to our educators, that they should be at school every day, in class every day and on time teaching our learners. We must trust you, as our educators, with this responsibility.”
He also urged learners to stay away from drugs and not to take weapons to school.
“It will not help you perform as expected. Our girl children must stay away from dating older men and focus on their school work.
“We are challenged to do better and to become better in widening the circle of opportunities for our children.”