AS PUPILS and parents at Coega Primary School rejoiced at their R1.4-billion newly renovated school from the Shoprite Group, the principal pleaded with Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga for more teachers.
Motshekga was the guest speaker at the handover ceremony of the former dilapidated school – which grabbed Shoprite's attention following a series of media reports – to the community yesterday.
Coega Primary was one of 18 schools in Nelson Mandela Bay made of prefabricated material that were on the department's priority list to be demolished and rebuilt.
The school had no water or electricity and its toilets were in such a bad state that pupils and teachers risked picking up infections. The classrooms were so badly dilapidated they offered little or no shelter.
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