“Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School in Kaalfontein, Johannesburg East District, is a living testament of a successful private public partnership.”
These were the sentiments echoed during the school’s 10 year anniversary held in Midrand.
The school has been at the forefront of township excellence since its inception amid its adversarial circumstances. Tenacity and resilience saw them reaping the fruits of success at an event celebrating a decade of unparalleled results.
“The school’s successes have illuminated the township landscape and also demystified the procrastinated idea that it cannot compete with former Model C schools. This celebration confirms that township schools are moving towards an upward trajectory,” said an elated Tinyiko Maluleka, the Deputy Principal of the school.
The school was erected by the department and Oracle – a software and hardware engineering company. Since its inception in 2007, the school has been producing good results. Last year, the school which is a no-fee paying school and is located within in a disadvantaged area with a learner population of more than a 1000 obtained 66 distinctions and achieved an overall pass rate of 95%.
Mr Maluleka paid homage to all stakeholders who have assisted the school in its decade of existence.
“It’s a milestone and a joyous moment that today we are celebrating our 10th year anniversary. Our promise to all stakeholders is that we will stay committed to the learners in this area,” he concluded.
The message was reiterated by Praise Ndebele, a former learner, who advised the Class of 2017 to seize the available opportunities. “Study hard. You will get a bursary,” he said. Ndebele is currently a 4th year Actuarial Science student at the University of Cape Town.
The Basic Minister of Education, Mme Angie Motshekga, took us down memory lane of how the school was constructed with a display of a collage of pictures that tells the story of the school. She lauded the unique and special partnership that empowers the African child.
“Oracle has built a community asset which will assist to break the legacy of the past through this school. We will ensure that township learners perform well like their suburban counterparts. If you make the right choices, you will surely make it,” she advised.
The GDE ‘s Deputy -Director General for Education Support: Mr Vuyani Mpofu, urged the learners to emulate the school’s motto and grab education with both hands .” The– ime is yours,” alluded Mr Mpofu
THE Executive Vice President of Oracle, Dorian Daley, assured the school of their support.
“Embrace education and lifelong learning,” she opined.