Students Kgokare High School in Sebokeng Zone 7 will have a good sigh of relief as Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi announced plans to revamp the school’s facilities after the school recorded a hundred percent rate in 2016.
Kgokare High School which was well-known as an institution for performing below average following reports about the school being a home for drug peddling and teenage pregnancy , will soon have a change of story as the Gauteng Education department looks at spending the sum of R45-million to refurbish the learning facilities to encourage the students to continue to do its best like it did last year.
Speaking on Friday, Lesufi said that Kgokare would be restructured to be able to take care of its overcrowded pupils. The dilapidated classrooms will have a good touch with the fallen roofs, windows as well as the chairs will all be changed so as to keep the pupils motivated.
Explaining how the school was able to soar higher in 2016, Kgokare High School principal Joyce Makwa said it was as a result of a quality of dedication both the students and the teachers gave.
“For us to get good results, we started morning classes and afternoon classes even at times coming in on Sundays and during school holidays, we are not resting and that has been our winning formula,” said Makwa.
The Principal added that these relentless effort began to manifest as students began to improve over the years despite the challenges it was faced with, the learning facility.
Behavioral changes in the pupils started in 2008 when it obtained 29,47% matric pass rate. That increased to 45.88% in 2009 and 86% in 2010, until they suddenly skyrocketed an impressive 97% in 2011.
In 2012, the school went down by two percent to 95%, then slightly went up to 96.5% in 2013 then dropped remarkably to 85.9% in 2014. In 2015, it slightly went up to 90% until last year when the school managed an impressive 100% pass rate, the principal further noted.
One of the teachers at the school, Meisie Letshaba, is in fact a two-time award-winning Mathematics teacher in District 8. In 2010, the school’s Maths pass rate stood at 93% but last year it went to 100%.
The teacher said she achieved all that by dedicating herself to also explaining the importance of learning to pupils.
However, Makwa noted that the school faced a number of challenges which ranged from high level of gangsterism, drug addiction among pupils and high rates of teenage pregnancy.
“You cannot have a school that has a 100% pass rate but roofs falling. The school looks so ugly, as if it is not a 100% achieving one. We have committed ourselves as a department and we have now signed.” said the MEC for Education in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi who added that Kgokare High school was an extraordinary school and would never be the same again.
“The only remaining thing is for trucks to come in to the school and have it revamped at a tune of 45 million,” said Lesufi.
Lesufi also added that all the learners would receive tablets while teachers would get laptops. All the classrooms would have smart-boards and Wi-Fi, he added.
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, who was also with the Gauteng MEC for education, adviced parents to help their kids develop reading habits.
“The Read To Lead campaign is one programme we are pushing, because we are saying reading is a foundational skill and you acquire knowledge through your ability to read and understand what you are reading,” said Motshekga, adding that librarians must visit and lend books to schools until children can independently visit libraries on their own.
The school currently has tablets for all Grade 12 pupils and two smart-boards for Grade 12 classes