The North West Department of Education ,MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela accompanied by the Rustenburg Local Municipality Executive Mayor Cllr Mpho Khunou handed over a newly built  school  to the SGB  and the community of Boitekong in Rustenburg on the 1st of September 2020 . The MEC was also joined by the Chief Director, Ms Pauline Mokhutle, the Acting District Director Ms Motsei Paledi and other officials of the depatment.

An estimated amount of 41m was spent to build Boitekong 2 secondary school that entails new facilities such as, ablution blocks  each with  toilet, new classrooms, a fully furnished kitchen for the NSNP programme and  four laboratories for Physical sciences, Life sciences, Mathematics and Library.

The MEC announced that the shortage of sport facilities and a hall will be adressed in a  near future to render Boitekong 2 secondary a fully fledged school for learning and teaching.

Boitekong 2 secondary currently registered 665 learners for Grade 8,9 and 10, it will face-in Grade 11 in  2021 and  enrol the first Grade 12 in 2022. The school also comprises of 23 teachers some of which are recruited from Fundza Lushaka flagship programme.

In handing over the school to its custodians, MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela indicated  that the building of Boitekong 2 Secondary was necessitated by a rapidly growing population of Boitekong which caused a serious overflow of 2500 learners at Boitekong 1 Secondary.  The overflow was a major concern to parents as to how quality education will be provided .

In her speech during the handover, the MEC also mentioned that a conducive learning environment encourages better school attendance where-by ‘better school attendance’ leads to excellent results. She  also challenged the SGB members to ensure that through, consultation with the community the school is given the correct and relevant name in a near future. The MEC further requested the community to continue with their spirit of cooperation and passion for education by ensuring that no community unrests affect schools in their area.

Author: tkhechane