By New Trends Reporter
The Free State Department of Education continues to make inroads in seeking to improve the quality of education offered at public schools especially those situated in locations and on farms.
Speaking at the handover of a container to be used as a library at Rutanang Primary School in Bloemfontein last Friday (15 Feb), the Member of Executive Council (MEC) responsible for Education, Pule Tate Makgoe, said his department is hoping to ensure that learners from as many public schools as possible have access to libraries facilities.
“We have a programme where we seek to provide library facilities to schools in the locations and on farms so that they can compete favourably with their counterparts from private schools. We cannot continue to have learners travelling more than 10 kilometres to access library facilities. If we are serious about bridging the gap in education, we have to make such facilities available,” said the MEC.
Makgoe praised Transnet Engineering for taking part in the development of education in the province through the donation of a container to Rutanang School.
“I applaud Transnet for coming aboard this initiative of providing library facilities to our learners. This is the kind of partnership that we need because education is not the responsibility of government alone. The business community has to come on board. I have no doubt that other schools will also benefit from this partnership,” he said.
According to Transnet Engineering General Manager, Andile Silo, the container was made by trainees as part of their course.
“The container was crafted by trainees and we saw it fit to donate it to assist the Department of Education in their endeavour to improve the quality of education in schools. We are glad that our efforts are making a difference in the life of our children,” Silo said.
Local radio station, OFM, Albany Bakery and other partners joined the programme to mobilise resources to equip the library with books.
Rutanang Primary School principal, Jeremiah Machusi Mochoari, could not hide his joy at the donation.
“This library will surely go a long a way in assisting our learners in their studies. We hope to put it to good use and we are hopeful that our results will definitely improve,” Mochaori said.