Reddy must have come across this quote; “there is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” The Durban business tycoon was reportedly shocked when he learnt that the Department of Basic Education’s 2015 School Performance Report indicated that 12 schools received a 0% pass rate. He resolved to help the crumbling education system and pledged to give out R10 million to 10 poor performing schools.
“This is what made me decide to adopt several poor performing schools so that we can turn around the standard of education in the province,” he said.
Reporting the philanthropic act, News24 detailed that the Durban businessman “is planning to rescue KwaZulu-Natal’s besieged education system by adopting a “business style” approach.”
The businessman revealed that he held a meeting with Peggy Nkonyeni, Education MEC on Monday where he vowed to help in upgrading facilities, provide teacher aid, pay teachers to teach pupils on Saturdays, buy computers for IT lessons and as well re-equip science labs.
Stating that he intends to raise the pass rate to at least 70% by the end of the year, he related that he’s going to adopt a business style which will be administered through the Sibaya Trust to achieve his aim.
“I am going to adopt a business style towards education and pupils who do well will receive bursaries in their matric year…We are going to employ retired teachers to assist us…I am personally going to visit all the schools to see what they need,” Reddy said.
He expressed hopes of other business persons following his lead to help more of the other poor performing schools. According to him, “Business cannot prosper surrounded by poverty…Government is struggling and it needs business to get involved…Business must put its money where its mouth is and stop paying lip service. It is our duty to uplift our communities and if business can get involved, we can make a difference,” he declared.
Meanwhile he advised that parents ought to be seriously involved in the education of their children and disclosed that more meetings will take place with parents.
“…Education begins at home and…is the inoculation against poverty,” Reddy announced.