Mud school over for Taleni pupils

R26m donation from Education Department changes life for 287 kids

Being taught in a poorly built mud school is in the past for Taleni Senior Primary’s 287 school pupils as the Eastern Cape Department officially handed over their new school building.
This is part of the Accelerated School’s Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (Asidi) in the OR Tambo education district.
The Asidi programme is a national initiative meant to address the school infrastructure backlogs in provinces across the country.
Primarily the programme replaces mud, inappropriate and plank structures with state-of-the-art schools that are conducive for teaching and learning.
Head principal of Taleni Senior Primary Vukile Kokwa said staff, learners and teachers and parents alike were very happy, as previously the school had temporary structures that made teaching and learning difficult.
“We thank the education department who forked out R26m for the new school.”
Eastern Cape Legislature MPL Themba Tinta addressed the crowd at the ceremonial hand-over.
He said: “We want a prosperous and progressive nation. In order for that to happen we need to make education a priority. One should note that the biggest budget both nationally and provincially is for education and that is not a mistake – we are investing in education to push for a progressive country.”
Department of education spokesperson Malibongwe Mtima said: “The Asidi programme is a national initiative that is meant to address the infrastructure backlogs in provinces across the country. To date the programme has handed over more than 210 completed schools to communities across the country, especially in rural areas.”
Representing the district director of OR Tambo coastal, Malizole Sidelo said: “The handing over of Taleni Senior Primary school is a great boost to the infrastructural backlog of schools which will impact positively to the quality of learning and teaching in our poverty stricken area.”..

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