Mzwandile Masina, Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni visited his former high school, Mpontseng Secondary School in Katlehong to give back to the school as part of his campaign #BackToTheFuture School Campaign.
Masina recalled the deep memories of his school days and he met with some of the teachers that taught him at the school. “I had best times at this school and I am emotionally grateful that the teachers who taught me are still teaching at this school, they should keep up the good work,” said Masina.
The Mayor donated 200 uniform kits to the needy learners at the school. He also toured around the school accompanied by the school principal and learners who were identifying the challenges that they are faced with.
“There is no internet access at the school and no wifi connections. We will do something to ensure that the school has access to internet. The science lab is also dysfunctional, there are no experiments chemicals and there is a need of a multipurpose sports ground for learners. The school also needs some revamp. We will look at some of the issues and liaise with the provincial department of education and with some issues we will seek assistance from the private sector,” said Masina.
He also encouraged the learners to take education serious, “Learners must be on time in class for learning and doing their homework. We need hard core skills that we never had before; we want engineers, doctors, economist, scientists and actuarial scientists. Keep your school clean, during our time there was never a moment of drug smuggling. Please expose illegal dealings at the school,” he said.
Masina also advised parents to monitor their children and make sure that they write their homework’s. “School Governing Body’s (SGB) contribution must be on learning and improving the conditions of the school not on tenders and on school recruitments,”
He added, “Teachers must not abuse school girls and not to take advantage of them,” concluded Masina.
Steven Vho- Sihadi, school principal of Mpontseng Secondary School said “If a mayor is from this school, the school can produce a president. The school has 30 years of existence and the mayor is part of the 26 years. We performed well last year and we achieved 91% matric pass rate, this year we are optimistic that we will achieve 100% matric pass rate. We appreciate the school uniform donations and every learner will look orderly when coming to school,” said Vho-Sihadi.
He highlighted the following that they need assistance with; multipurpose ground, the paving of the school surrounding, shelter for learners when they are having lunch, school science lab, school computer lab, sports equipments, library to be refurbished, school bus and a school hall to be named after the mayor.