Edendale FET campus gets a R2,8m facelift

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

The Edendale campus of Umgungundlovu Further Education and Training College has received a R2,8million facelift.

Since 2006 the KwaZulu-Natal department of education has invested more than R4million in renovating the campus and building new structures.

The FET colleges were established in 2006 to provide skills-based courses after the scrapping of teacher training colleges.

The renovations at the Edendale campus include computer rooms with Internet access, a large library, an additional plumbing workshop, students cafeteria and an electric fence.

Management at the campus say the renovations will make the former college a world-class learning facility.

Unveiling the new state-of-the art students hall, provincial education MEC Ina Cronje said the completion of the hall meant that the students would no longer have to stand in the sun during assembly.

She said the hall was now big enough to hold parents' and students' meetings and that examinations would also be held in the hall.

"I am very pleased with what I have seen here today," Cronje said.

"Our FET colleges are crucial in the provision of skills training and they need decent facilities.

"The facilities are here to improve the lives of our people. They must use it, take care of it and own it.

"We have achieved much but together we can do more."

Teacher unions welcomed the improvements, saying it would encourage the youth to train at these centres and acquire skills that would eventually place them in good jobs.