Geduld Primary School turns 60

20 Jun 2016 09:10am
GRUNAU, 20 JUN (NAMPA) – The Geduld Primary School at Grünau celebrated six decades of existence on Friday.
The occasion – a highlight for the community of around 800 people – was attended by the school’s 142 learners, seven teachers, former principals and parents.
Geduld Primary School first opened its doors for mostly children of farmworkers of the surrounding farms at the Lutheran Church nearby in 1956, before the move to the current premises in 1986.
The celebrations also marked the farewell of current principal Carolina Plaatjies, who served for the last 10 years as the second female principal.
Director of Education in the //Kharas Region /Awebahe //Hoeseb assured residents that a teacher of the school will act as principal for the remainder of the year before the right qualified person is appointed next year.
“Only a current Head of Department or principal qualified and experienced in the primary phase will be appointed as principal,” he stressed.
//Hoeseb said misplaced appointments were at the core of poor education outcomes in the country.
He told parents to fight for quality education for their children.
“We need well-educated and committed teachers in the teaching profession. Parents should not remain quiet. The future of our children are on the line if teachers are absent from school or if they conduct themselves inappropriately,” said //Hoeseb.
Plaatjies said the journey was an honour and a learning experience.
“Wisdom comes with age. Geduld Primary School taught me to pray, to listen and to exercise patience,” she said.
Karasburg East regional councillor Dennis Coetzee encouraged learners to take school seriously and advised parents to become involved in the education of their children.
“Nothing but you can hinder you from becoming what you want to be in life,” he said.
The settlement only has a primary school. Learners often relocate to Karasburg some 50 kilometres away for high school.
Coetzee said he was aware that peer pressure problems erupt when children leave home, and called on parents to stand by their children and to persevere in their guidance.
Several former principals expressed their pride at the long-existence of the school.
A former learner from the 1970s and current school board chairperson Jims Christian said children of today have more opportunities than children in his day.
“This school building first belonged to white people in the Apartheid era before we moved here in 1986. It is symbolic of the times that have changed. Learners are not blocked from furthering their careers and futures as it was in our day,” he said.