The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has opened the new state-of-the-art Noordgesig Primary School in Soweto.
Built at a cost of just over R110 million, the school will accommodate 1,800 learners from Grade R to Grade 7 and features green technology infrastructure.
Some of the most notable facilities include:
- Six classrooms per grade (42);
- A Grade R block with four classrooms;
- Two smart science labs;
- Two smart multi-purpose rooms;
- A dining hall and many other facilities.
“This is an important milestone as the school is among our newly designed and constructed mega school infrastructure aimed at improving the quality of education in township schools,” said Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.
“This is indeed an exciting moment for us… Our communities deserve better. This is to restore the dignity of our people.”
The school was previously built from asbestos which prompted a complete redesign and extension of its facilities.
— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) January 13, 2020
The opening of Noordgesig Primary comes as the provincial Education Department marks the first year where it will implement the newly gazetted Admissions Regulations, as per the Constitutional Court ruling.
Through this regulation, the Gauteng Department of Education is responsible for admissions of learners at public ordinary schools.
However, the planned system was off to the rough start and Lesufi said that his department was facing capacity problems around student spaces.
As a result, the GDE has turned to private schools to assist with learner placement, he said.
“Unfortunately, we can only accommodate a certain number of learners at our schools and as such, we call upon parents to accept placement offers as these are the only spaces available at some schools,” he said.
“To mitigate the capacity challenges, the GDE is in the final stages of finalising a partnership with Curro to accommodate learners at their schools.
“We are also interacting with other private schools to assist us.”