Premier pledges extra classrooms for farm school
He made this undertaking when he visited the farm school on the first day of the 2015 school calendar on Wednesday morning.
Magashule also promised to organise a tour to India for the school’s mathematics and science teachers in order to improve their knowledge of the subjects, something which he said will trickle down as a benefit to the students.
Bansvlei, which was originally built to accommodate 560 students, now has an enrolment of 801 learners.
This has inevitably resulted in overpopulated classrooms which make teaching and learning difficult for both subject instructors and the learners.
“We are going to build more classrooms for this school,” Magashule said.
“Despite them being a farm school, they have managed to improve their 14 percent matric pass rate in 2011 to a 100 percent in 2013, and a good 82 percent for the 2014 matric examinations,” the premier added.
“We will also organise a tour for your teachers, maybe during school holidays, to sharpen their understanding of the subjects to benefit the learners.”
Magashule said the extra classrooms should be ready for use by the end of the 2014/15 financial year.
“The appointment of the contractor to carry out the construction should be completed in the next three months,” he said.
Magashule said he was at the school to motivate and encourage both teachers and learners to start their new school year with the energy and zest that will see them improve further on the results they have been getting in the past years.
He said schools catering for farm dwellers are going to form part of his focus this year as they had been left out in the periphery in terms of infrastructure development and help for students to carry their studies further at tertiary institutions.
“Farm schools are going to be my passion for the year and I will organise special bursaries for those wishing to study further from these schools because for far too long now they have had no one giving them bursaries and necessary help to improve their lot in life,” the premier said.
He added that Bansvlei, which out-performed most other schools in the province in the matric examinat
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