KwaZulu Natal, Durban: The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Mbambangwe High School recently launched a Science Laboratory, a project sponsored by Sapref, a chemical company based in Durban.
The team was led by its Managing Director, Mr Rodney Youldon, who confirmed that Mbambangwe High School was one of 21 schools that were identified as an underresourced school and yet was producing good results, which compelled the company to favour the school with a state-of-the-art Science Laboratory.
This project will assist science stream learners to couple theoretical work with practical work both in Physical Sciences and Life Sciences, and this will surely improve their performance in these subjects thus improving school results in all Grades but specifically in Matric Results.
This historic event was graced by the presence of the uMlazi District Director DOE, Mrs Busi Mahlambi, Lucky Mthetho from the Office of the DDG-KZN DOE, Myeni from the Office of the MEC, DOE, Mthoko Mzobe from KwaThoyano Traditional Council who was representing Inkosi Hlengwa who couldn’t attend due to ill health, Local Izinduna, SGB members and 5 top students from Mbambangwe High School.
This school has an unpleasant history, which almost led to its closure because learners were embroiled in thuggery, gangsterism, smoking and no culture of learning and teaching.
Teachers were disempowered, and that led to the school achieving a 23% pass rate in the 2015 Matric Examinations.
With the arrival of Mr Xulu in 2016, who changed the situation under his command, the school started to take a new shape, and last year’s Matric Examinations Results were standing at 92%.
In his address, he vowed that with the launching of this school laboratory, he is projecting to achieve a 100% Matric pass in the Academic Year 2024, and he further urged the Department of Education to grant Mbambangwe High a Smart School Status and that more classes be built as the enrollment of learners attending is increasing immensely.
The event was historical, and learners were very much excited with the RCL President of the school, Ntandoyenkosi, who made a resounding speech that captured the audience with rapt attention.