opening of the brand new primary school in Cato Crest has
brought a lot of smiles to poor families in the area. The
opening of the school guarantees that all children of school
going age have access to an education as enshrined in the
constitution of this country. What’s more is that it is within
walking distance of their homes.
Crest Primary Number 5, as it is known, replaces the old wooden
structure - Epulangweni - that served the pupils until now.
The wooden structure was commandeered by desperate parents
after it was left unoccupied shortly after the first democratic
who were eager to educate their children had to eke out of
their already exhausted pockets to pay for the teachers, buy
stationery and furniture.
in the wooden structure was miserable. Classrooms were overcrowded
– two grades would sit in one classroom facing in opposite
to funding provided by the European Union for the new school,
the children will now enjoy the comfort of a safe and healthy
learning environment. The new school is built with modern
specifications, has 16 classrooms and can easily accommodate
not only provides relief for parents whose children had to
endure life at Epulangweni, but it also means an end to commuting
to schools as far away as Overport and Sydenham.
Mr Makhoba, father of Skhumbuzo, who took his son to register:
“I am glad that this school is opening. It means I will not
have to worry about the safety of my son each time he leaves
home for school and I will spend less on his bus fare. But
my concern is based on the medium of instruction and the quality
of learning that he will receive here.”
the time of going to press the school had not received its
stationery and furniture. Added to that problem was the lack
of sufficient teaching staff. Only four teachers and the principal
had been deployed at the new school.