New school in Petrusville is set to have 21 classrooms and accommodate 950 pupils.
THE PREMIER of the Northern Cape, Dr Zamani Saul, will officiate at the sod-turning ceremony for the new Petrusville Primary School in the Pixley ka Seme District on Monday, starting at 10am.
Northern Cape Department of Education spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe said on Sunday that the new school will have 21 classrooms; a fully-fitted, modern administration block; ablution facilities; a media centre; two science laboratories; early childhood development classrooms; a nutrition centre; a school hall; and a sports field.
“It is envisaged that the new school will accommodate 950 learners,” said Van der Merwe.
He added that the department was in the process of replacing schools in the Northern Cape that were constructed with asbestos materials.
“These schools were constructed as a temporary solution and although well maintained by the communities, the structures are considered to be a health hazard to the learners and educators. Within the next five years, the department plans to prioritise the replacement of these inappropriate structures and provide reliable sanitation, water and electricity in order to ensure a conducive environment for quality public education in our schools.”
Office of the Premier spokesperson Bronwyn Thomas-Abrahams stated that government was confident that the construction of the new primary school would further contribute towards the improvement of the overall performance of pupils in the Pixley ka Seme district.
She added that the MEC for the Department of Education, Zolile Monakali, the Pixley ka Seme district mayor and senior officials from the provincial and district offices of the Department of Education would also attend the sod-turning ceremony.