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The days of being taught under trees and in mud classrooms are over for hundreds of pupils and teachers at Moreko Secondary School in Phokgwane village, at Nebo, in the Sekhukhuni, Limpopo.
This is after the provincial department of education officially opened a first-class, well-equipped new new school on Tuesday.
The new school consists of sports fields, a science laboratory, a biology laboratory, a library, computer centre, ablution blocks, a kitchen, administration block and 20 classrooms.
All the classrooms consist of a storeroom where books and study aids are kept.
Limpopo MEC for education Aaron Motsoaledi said the building of the new school was a sign that his department was serious about learning and shaping the future of young people .
Motsoaledi said the school was the third of its kind to be built in the province this year. "We target areas whose children travel long distances for learning or have no schools at all.
"We build new, well-equipped and first-class schools that will last for a long time.
"We also target communities whose children attend lessons in old schools that are either dilapidated or were blown away by storms.
"We replace the old schools with new ones in order to guarantee their future," Motsoaledi said.
A similar school was opened in September in the Vhembe area. Thengwe High School was opened by Education Minister Naledi Pandor and Motsoaledi.
The school comprises 34 classrooms and was built at a cost of R24 million.
Another school with similar facilities would be opened in the Sekhukhuni area again in January.
According to Motsoaledi, 19 more schools would be built in Limpopo before the end of the next financial year.
Motsoaledi said about 40 schools were destroyed by storms this year and more than 239 were declared bad schools that needed urgent attention.
Moreko Secondary School principal Lodwick Maleka was ecstatic about the new building.
Maleka said the new building was a total relief to both the schoolchildren and teachers.
"We normally released children before time during rainy days and during winter when it was cold.
"Now we believe the new school will also help to improve next year's matric results," he said.
Thousands of people attended the opening ceremony.
Lots of food and drinks were some of the goodies dished out during the ceremony.