Going all out to help schools

Victor Mecoamere

Sowetan has thrown its weight behind efforts to transform Kgononyane Secondary School in Southey Village in Ganyesa in North West.

A public outcry followed Sowetan's revelation last month that all but one of the school's 650 pupils in grades 7 to 11 had failed their end-of-year examinations.

Among the concerned people who want to see the school succeed are Sowetan's loyal readers. Some of them will contribute to a trust fund for Kgononyane and others want to teach science subjects on a part-time basis.

Sowetan senior journalist Andrew Molefe has pledged R250 a month for a year to Lesego Pearl Hugo, the rose among the thorns who will do grade 12 this year.

Sowetan will coordinate the efforts in consultation with the task team and the school's governing body.

Two other schools that have benefited from this newspaper's help, in the spirit of nation-building and ubuntu, are Naledi High and Ithemba Institute of Technology in Soweto.

The schools benefited through the motivation of teachers and pupils, bursaries, equipping libraries and laboratories, extra-mural activities and educational tours, and youth and community development activities.