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The sad story of Kgononyane Secondary School where all 650 students, except one, failed, has tugged at the heartstrings of a nation.
No sooner had the Sowetan hit the streets on Monday than our switchboard was inundated with calls. Many readers offered financial help for Lesego Pearl Hugo, the only pupil in grades 7 to 11 to have passed her end-of-year examinations.
Practising and retired professional teachers and computer experts offered their assistance to the school, with most saying they would do so for free.
Mojalefa Tlare, a school inspector on the East Rand, said: "It's too late in the day to apportion blame. What South Africans should do collectively is to try to alleviate the problems that were so clearly magnified by Sowetan," he said.
Tlare said he would motivate colleagues and friends to make donations to further the education of the pupils at "the damned school". He said he would personally contribute towards the education of 17-year-old Hugo who has passed her grade 11 exams and will proceed to matric next year.
Sowetan's editor-in-chief Thabo Leshilo said he was humbled by the huge response such stories elicit from the newspaper's readers.
"To me it is also gratifying to see that stories we publish can change lives. It's a reward for the kind of job we are doing as news people."
The Sowetan's special projects department, whose area of concern includes the Aggrey Klaaste Nation Building Awards, is considering the establishment of a trust fund to assist the pupils of Kgononyane Secondary School.
Vuyo Bentsine, an IT specialist with the Ndabankulu municipality in Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape, has offered his skills to the school in his spare time for free.
"We cannot be seen to be the trouble-shooters of Africa if we can't start here at home," he said.
Others who have offered to assist include Rusty Mtshali, executive director of KSS Technologies and a qualified maths and business economics teacher. This journalist will contribute R220 monthly to the intended Educational Trust Fund to be launched by the Sowetan's Nation Building projects department.
Meanwhile Hugo's grandmother and guardian, Maria Kgatlane, who has supported Hugo and her siblings on her pension, has vowed that "my little girl will never go to that school again".
Kgatlane has decided to send her granddaughter to a nearby school with less resources whose teachers are known to be dedicated to their profession.