Sukulwenkosi Dube- Matutu, Plumtree Correspondent
THE Ministry of Home Affairs Lotteries and Gaming Board has donated $20 000 to four schools which were destroyed by a hailstorm in Mangwe District.
Tjingababili Primary school and Makuzeze Primary School got $10 000 and $4 000 respectively while Tshitshi Primary School and St Francis High School received $3 000 each.
Speaking at a ceremony to hand over the money last Friday at Tjingababili Primary School, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Cde Obedingwa Mguni, who is also Mangwe MP, said Tjingababili Primary was allocated the highest amount as it was severely damaged.
About 350 out of 404 pupils at the school learn from roofless classrooms and lessons are abandoned each time it rains.
“Four schools in the Tshitshi Cluster namely Tjingababili Primary, Makuzeze Primary, Tshitshi Primary and St Francis High School will share $20 000.
Tjingababili has been allocated $10 000 because it was severely damaged. Makuzeze has been allocated $4 000 while Tshitshi and St Francis will each share $3 000.
“This money is specifically for buying building materials and hiring labour where necessary and not anything else. I would like to urge school authorities to ensure that this money isn’t diverted for other purposes,” he said.
Cde Mguni urged all schools to introduce non-formal adult lessons for parents.
Speaking at the same ceremony, Mangwe District Schools Inspector, Mr Danisa Nkomo, said the money would go a long way in alleviating challenges faced by the four schools.
He said it was crucial for schools to have proper infrastructure for pupils to learn from.
Mr Nkomo said it was difficult for schools to implement the new curriculum without proper infrastructure.
He said 13 schools were affected by the hailstorm which struck in November last year.
Dukwe Primary School recently received $20 000 from the Lotteries and Gaming Board to repair classrooms that were also destroyed by heavy rains.
Other schools which were also affected are Nguwanyana Primary, Silima Primary, Bulu Primary, Mqokolweni Secondary, Tahangana Secondary, and Khahlu Primary among others.