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Defence minister donates 20 computers Wongalethu High School

By Afikile Lugunya - Sep 4, 2017
Defence minister donates 20 computers Wongalethu High School

Learners at Wongalethu High School in Mdantsane, East London, on Friday welcomed the spring season on a high note, as their school received 20 computers from the Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans.

Wongalethu High School was adopted by Defence Minister, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, in 2015, with the aim of improving matric pass rates after it received a low matric pass rate of 17% in 2014.

Since then, the school has improved the pass rate to 34% - and with more resources, the results are expected to improve even further.

The Eastern Cape Provincial Government has also contributed by donating 21 laptops to teachers, as part of teacher-learner empowerment.

Bhisho also introduced internet connectivity at the school as part of Premier's broadband roll-out programme, which will be rolled-out throughout the Province.

Speaking to the media, Wongalethu High School Principal, Ntombizonke Mamatu, said that she was grateful that her school was amongst those that benefited from the donation.

“When we look back in the next years and remember this day, it will be a great milestone to share.

“From now on we will be able to use google and get information for our learners and that will improve our standard of education,” Mamatu said.

At the handover, Minister Mapisa-Nqakula pleaded with the school’s governing body to take the responsibility of guarding the school.

“Be the eyes and ears of these children and of the school in doing so you must make sure that these children understand that what is in here belongs to them,” she said.

The Minister also said that there must be no reports of stolen computers.

Speaking on behalf of the learners, Azile Skhongwane, who is in Grade12, said that days of submitting late assignments and walking long distances to libraries will be a distant memory as they welcome these computers.

“It was very hard for us to do our project because libraries are far, these computers will help us manage our time properly and we will be able to apply online to different universities as Grade 12 learners,” Skhongwane said.