The principal of t Elizabeth Matsemela Secondary, Soshanguve, Ms. Judy Mashala, was overwhelmed during an official handover of an ICT laboratory at her school and described the donor IT company, Diebolt Nixdorf, as the blesser her institution had been longing for in many years.
“For years now”, said Mashala, “Elizabeth Matsemela Secondary School was yearning for an ICT Laboratory, but could not afford to have it. Diebolt Nixdorf came handy by blessing us with an ITC Laboratory. May all the heavenly praises go to them”.
She commended the company’s head of Cooperate and Social Investment, Mr Lemmy Reddy, for having identified and chose Elizabeth Matsemela Secondary School as the beneficiaries of their kind gesture.
“Five years ago Elizabeth Matsemela Secondary School learner enrolment was 266. This drop in number was caused by lack of resources, especially in technology. This resulted in poor results at the end of the year. These results were a worrying factor, not only to the SGB, but also to the regional circuit and community members.
“Today I am proud to announce to you that our learner performance has been improving of late. In 2019 our school reached a pass mark of 93.3 percent. As you all know that we have been all affected by the Covid 19, in 2020 we dropped to 76 percent, which is still commendable. We however produced Bachelor passes of 54 percent.
“Allow me to indicate that it has been my dream to give excellent services to the community, so that we can gain interest to claim back what is ours. You may wonder what I mean by that. I mean bringing back our learners who have gone to schools in the city because township schools lack resources.
“Our learners have been stolen by the schools in the city because they are not equipped with tools in information technology. Aside the lack of those tools on information technology, we still come out better. We only needed those gadgets to be on top of our game.
“Learners from Soshanguve are no longer going to be wasting about R80 per day travelling to city schools, in chase of apparatus of information technology. That money can be put to other use. Elizabeth Matsemela Secondary School is there for them”, said Mashala.
She assured the company that the donation would never become a white elephant as learners, especially the grade 8 and 9 were eager to compete with their schoolmates in better equipped schools. She said there were 317 learners in the two grades which represented 36.3% of the school’s population.
“With the remaining 63.6 percent of which 14.8 percent is covered by GDE with tablets for 129 grade 12 learners, the remaining 21.9 percent (425 learners) who are in grade 10 and 11 still need the gadgets. In as far as the school security is concerned, we have done our best to make sure that everything is secured to keep this investment safe. We do not call it a donation because we are going to preserve it. We have reinforced entrances that might be used by thieves”, added Mashala. .