ECDOE aims to restore dignity of Nomaka Technical High School
On the 23rd of March 2017, the Eastern Cape Department of Education through the Community Liaison Office hosted a stakeholder Imbizo at the J.S. Skenjana Circuit in Dutywa District.
This event takes place subsequent to the visit by the Education Portfolio Committee in January 2017 where it was discovered that “all systems had collapsed at the Nomaka Technical High School”, said Mr. Thandisizwe Kimberly. In a written statement he also highlighted that for some time the school has been faced with a series of challenges ranging from “learner ill-discipline, lack of support by the community, serious divisions by within the SGB and educators, drug abuse, high burglary rate and a high sense of insecurity within all role players at the school”.
These factors have contributed and resulted in the drastic drop in the matric results, sliding from “95.5% in 2010 to 27% in 2016.
DrZweli Mkize, ANC Treasury General, also the founding member of the Ikusasa le Afrika foundation spoke widely on the issue of restoration of respect, love and humility within our communities, further asserting that these are the same values that needs and must be instilled in the youth. He also expressed concern about the high rate of teenage pregnancy and substance abuse amongst the youth, affirming these as some of the contributing factors in the matric high failure rate.
He also raised a disturbing factor that seems to protect those who are responsible for the distribution and circulation of drugs within schools, the non-reporting of criminals due to fear and intimidation. He then urged the community and police to work together in capturing these offenders and ensure that they face the hand of the law.
One of the things he promulgated was the formulation of intergenerational dialogues to transfer and share knowledge between the young and old. Furthermore, he encouraged the youth to engage themselves in sporting activities and other forms of arts and culture programmes.
“Let us stand in unity and build”, were the words he pronounced as he announced that, through his foundation he is committing a sum of R120 000 towards peer group training and further he will sponsor 3 bursaries to the class of matric 2017 top achievers, one of these will fund a student who will be doing medical studies.
One of the challenges this school has been embroiled in is that of lack of leadership as they have been without a principal for some time. To address this matter the District Director Mr. Mandla Tshofoti assured the community that a process of recruiting a principal has been started and an appointment will be made in no time.
In his aim to encourage learners, Mr. Mziwabantu Potelwa, who is an ex-convict spoke passionately and convincingly on lessons learnt and the role of the youth to influence change (moral regeneration), as he narrated his life and experience in prison, advising young people not to be influenced by peer pressure and the glitter that comes with living a life of crime.
Over and above everything that has been said and promised, the MEC for Education, MandlaMakupula also professed that, he would look into the coffers of the department in trying to assist those who will be going to university next year, ‘but this will be determined by the availability of funds. Perhaps this could be a task for the next financial year.’
He also affirmed that two social workers have been deployed to the Nomaka Technical School and they will work hand in hand with peer educators.
In his address, he highlighted the basic functions and the important role that is played by the three institutions of society which are:
- the department of Education – guide,support and monitor
- the School- ensure quality teaching and learning
His plea to both learners and teachers was that, each does what is expected of them which is teaching and learning.
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