Departments of Basic Education and Rural Development & Agrarian Reform together with the Matatiele Local Municipality on Tuesday 27 February 2017, launched the first agricultural school in Matatiele after 1994. This in order to strengthen the realisation of providing skills and job creators.
Moorosi Agricultural High School at Fiva, Ward 18 was officiated by the MEC of Education in the EC Mr Mandla Makupula accompanied by the Mayor of Matatiele LM Cllr. Momelezi Mbedla. Named after Chief Moorosi of Ludidi Traditional Council, the new school is accommodated at Phakade School. This after the building was left vacant due to the rationalisation of schools for effective teaching and learning.
Welcoming attendees, His Worship Cllr Mbedla stressed the fact “the school is not only meant for Fiva community. This village serves as a host and should accommodate everyone from the province and throughout the country”. He said the municipality will support the school in all forms to ensure the vision of “where nature, agriculture and tourism are investments of choice” is realised.
The school has more than a hundred learners enrolled. Necessary farming and business development skills to be provided will boost the economy of Matatiele.
MEC Makupula encouraged parents to play a pivotal role in the education of their children. “We plead with everyone present here today to work together to ensure that the education system in the province is turned around. Teachers should teach and learners must take their education serious,” he said.
To ensure that the school starts its operations, the department handed over 5 Bonsmara Heifers, 2000 seedlings, protective clothing i.e work suits, sanitary towels, implements and chicks amounting to more than R50 000.
The school offers the following subjects: Agriculture, Agricultural Management & Practise, Mathematics & Science.
“We are waiting for the Department of Rural Development & Land Reform to assist in purchasing a farm where we will construct a state of the art school,” concluded Makupula.