Metsimotlhabe Primary School pupils will soon become technology savvy thanks to the generosity of Rocklane Lodge. The lodge has given the school state of the art computers with a two-year free internet connectivity.
The donation was handed over on Friday under the Internet connection and the Adopt-A-School initiative. The donation has come at a time when the school’s performance in national exams is falling due to lack of resources. From a 70 percent pass rate in 2012, it recorded 50 percent in the 2013 Standard Seven exams.
During the handing-over, the school head, Betty Moamogwe, said technology has become an important tool in the teaching fraternity.
She explained that the school has not been doing well in the past two years and that is why the management has been forced to seek alternatives to rectify the situation.
“Nowadays, technology is the fastest growing field.
It is important for the school especially, the children and teachers to access information at the click of a button, which can be beneficial to their performance,” she said.
Moamogwe said though the school boasts a rich history since it was established in 1974, it is still struggling and unable to cater for the needs of students, teachers and non-teaching staff.
She said the Adopt-A-School initiative should
She said at the moment, her school has only 16 classes and a few toilets. With a total of 698, it means that about 77 pupils are sharing one toilet.
“The Adopt-A-School initiative is not only meant for big companies which can donate big money, anyone can participate on a small scale as every gesture is highly appreciated,” she said.
Rocklane Lodge managing director, Colonel Masilo said the partnership with the school will run for two years. The partnership entails maintenance of the computers and Internet connectivity.
He said that even though they are a small company, they found it necessary to assist the school.
“Our company’s intention was only to provide the Internet but we could not do that as the school did not even have a single computer. We managed to buy computers with public funds sourced from the government,” he said. Botsalano Press Publishers has also partially adopted the school. The company will assist the school on the academic side for two years, for the purpose improving results.