Good Samaritan responds to local school’s desperate appeal

Grade seven pupils at Sizani Combined School are using the school's hall as a classroom. Which also doubles as a storeroom.

A surprise donation of R38 000 will allow Sizani Combined School at Foxhill to get another classroom – and an invaluable extra teacher.

According to teacher and maintenance committee chairperson Rose Khuzwayo, the education department was unwilling to provide an additional teacher if the school did not have available classroom space.

Then a Good Samaritan stepped in, in response to a recent appeal in The Courier.

“We are delighted! Our benefactor does not want her name mentioned. We must respect that. She helped us because she believes that everyone should get a quality education,” said Khuzwayo.

She said now that they could afford a new classroom, they believed the education department would send the requested teacher.

However, the school is still in need of more funding to accommodate the growing numbers of pupils.

The school has about 821 pupils with 73 grade 7 pupils who are being taught in the school hall. The hall is also the school storeroom. In the grade R classroom there are 74 pupils in one room.

“The wooden structure will be used as a classroom for grade R, so we still need two additional classrooms that would be used for grade seven and one as a storeroom, so that we can have the hall back,” said Khuzwayo.

She said they are forced to hire a tent whenever they want to host an event. By getting the hall back, they would be able to save money.

The root of the problem faced by Sizani is that being located in a high income area, it is rated as a quintile four school which puts it at the same level as Umhlali Preparatory. Even the school’s feeding scheme is not supported by the education department.

“The school receives minimum support from the department due to the rating, yet our pupils are from the townships and the majority come from poor families. Lots of the parents cannot even afford the school fees, which are R360 a year.”

A wooden classroom would cost about R28 400.

To help you can contact Khuzwayo on 082 505 2866.

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Sboniso Dlamini
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