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Needs are great at Kgomotso

More than a thousand students attend Kgomotso High School in Pampierstad. They strive to improve their lives through hard work and education, prompting the IDC to sponsor the facility under its Whole School Development Programme.

July 1, 2013

CSIkgomotso insideHeadmaster Tebogo Makoke aims to produce responsible, productive citizens

No student should have to carry their desk and chair from one class to the next because of insufficient furniture in each room, but this is the harsh reality at Kgomotso High School.

With 1 068 learners, some of whom have to walk 60 kilometres to and from school daily, a lack of furniture is just one of many serious challenges at Kgomotso High School. On average there are 50 students in each class. Situated in Pampierstad in Northern Cape, this two-storey facebrick school is, at first glance, one which could be found in a suburb, but on closer inspection it lacks the common basic needs required for a school to function.

Pampierstad is an impoverished township formed after forced removals of people from Hartswater during the days of apartheid. This township is some 15 kilometres away from the town. There are approximately 300 000 residents in the township, of whom 60 percent are unemployed. The average income in this community R700 a month.

Residents, though largely illiterate, take a keen interest in the school and help out with fundraising. The school’s hall is also hired out for funerals.

It is for these reasons that this no fee school was chosen by the Industrial Development Corporation to join its Whole School Development Programme. The school will be supported by the IDC for the next five years.

CSIkgomotso insideOn average there are 50 learners per each class

Established in 1969, Kgomotso High School lacks enough water and electricity, proper sports facilities, paving, fencing, computers and toilet facilities. It has leaking pipes, and requires books in the library and new stoves in the consumer studies class, as well as reliable public transport for students travelling from neighbouring areas. Recently the school gave 20 bicycles to 20 students who live further away. These bicycles were donated to the school.

According to the headmaster, Tebogo Makoke, this has helped the boys get to school and he intends to get bicycles for more students to help with daily attendance. Many of them travel from neighbouring villages and even from as far afield as North West Province.

Apart from the major setbacks faced at the school, students seem to be determined to rise above their situations and excel in education. The school’s emblem if a giraffe and its slogan is: “We aim high.”

Makoke, who strolls through the corridors greeting each student by name, displays his affection for both the school and for helping the students better themselves. He recalls an incident at the school in which classmates collected their pocket money to help one of their peers with his travel costs so that he would not have to miss school.

CSIkgomotso insideA media centre gives learners access to computers

This rare display of learners helping each other spearheaded the school’s staff to start a compassion committee. Staff members collect money to help those who cannot afford basics such as uniforms and transport.

The school has six maths teachers, who have to share textbooks because there are not enough to go around. Teachers point out that they would be of better assistance to their pupils if they had adequate textbooks and computerised lessons to relay to their class. This is a common problem faced by teachers in numerous subjects, such as physical sciences.

Makoke started teaching in 1987 in Pampierstad and in 2004 was appointed the principal of Kgomotso High School. When speaking about his aspirations for his students, the principal says he wants them to have meaning in their lives, to have something to do and, above all, he wants to see them prosper.

He aims to “produce responsible, productive citizens”.

 

 

 

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