The Eastern Cape MEC for Education, Mr Mandla Makupula, officially handed over three new schools in Lusikisiki to the community of the Eastern Cape Province during the week of 19 June 2017. The new schools, Gcinilifu High School and Mali Primary School in Flagstaff and Kwa-Ndumiso Primary School in Tshonya, were delivered as part of the ASIDI Programme. The Programme replaces schools built from inappropriate materials to restore the dignity of education in rural communities. To date, the DBE has handed over 179 new schools in all nine provinces. The Programme envisages the completion of a further 110 schools during the current financial year.
In his address, MEC Makupula stated that the new schools are being delivered to improve quality learning and teaching and urged teachers to spend quality time teaching. Mr Makupula further called upon parents to co-operate with teachers to ensure that learners receive the necessary support both at school and at home.
All ASIDI schools include an administration block, a science laboratory, a multi-media centre, a Grade R centre, a nutrition centre and a computer laboratory, along with access to water, sanitation and electricity.