Initiative driven boost is unveiled

MOVING FORWARD: From left, partner at merSETA Monde Skepe, pupil Chevandré Louw, Principal Dean O'Brein and pupil Cirston Welman. Picture: JUDY DE VEGA
MOVING FORWARD: From left, partner at merSETA Monde Skepe, pupil Chevandré Louw, Principal Dean O’Brein and pupil Cirston Welman. Picture: JUDY DE VEGA

GELVANDALE High School has used a R60000 lifeline to get some much needed resources and to upgrade its laboratory, which it officially opened last week.

The school has been in desperate need of a facilities upgrade since 2006.

MerSETA and NMMU sponsored funds for the lab desks and counters while a northern area business, JEK Electrical, helped by installing electrical power points.

“It’s extremely heartwarming that they extended a hand … We are grateful for everybody involved and for a computer ready facility,” principal Deon O’Brein said.

“We do lack computers as well as ink and data projectors, but I believe that with the necessary help we’ll change this lab into what it should be,” O’Brein said.

At the launch last week, head of curriculum services at the Department of Education, Myron Leonard, thanked the principal and the sponsors for taking the initiative.

“We are not only grateful but confident of the principal’s ability to steer this school. In order to get something done, teachers have to communicate directly with pupils. I have all faith that this school will continue to stay a beacon of hope,” Leonard said. – Chanice Koopman

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