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MEC Kgetjepe opens a new State of the Art School at Khubvi

By: Maano Nekhavhambe

The MEC of Education in Limpopo, the Honourable Ishmael Kgetjepe accompanied by the Mayor of Thulamela Local Municipality, Cllr Avhashoni Tshifhango officially opened a brand new State of the Art School, Khubvi Primary School at Khubvi in the Vhembe District on the 25th August 2017.

Founded in 1936 by the former Prinipal Mr Mphatheleni Enos Mukhuba who served until 1989, Khubvi Primary School received a makeover transforming it into a State of the Art facility, following a request from the parents of learners concerned about the safety of their children.


After the 2012 storm which damaged classrooms, Khubvi Primary school experienced an exodus of students to neighbouring schools. This led to a general decline of facilities at the school and the neighbourhood was left without a reliable space for learning.

The Provincial Department of Education responded with a 14 million rand investment utilised in building two blocks of five classrooms each, an admin block, a kitchen with a dining hall, ablution facilities, a guard room, a school hall and also renovated the old administration block to convert it into a top notch school library.

The only ‘fly in the ointment’ threatening this great development is the staff shortage: each class currently accommodates 70 pupils from grade five to seven. However, through the upcoming Redeployment and Rationalisation (R and R) programme, there is an additional educator scheduled to join the institution in January, which will see the number of learners in each class reduced to acceptable teacher/learner ratio.

Since the completion of the renovation, enrolment in Khubvi Primary school has increased. Learning takes place in a conducive environment which has seen the school joining the list of top performing schools in the Vhembe District. Khubvi Primary has become one of the feeder schools to paragon of excellence such as Mbilwi, Thengwe and Tshivhase high schools.

The School Principal Mr Mpfunzeni Ronald Nangammbi expressed his gratitude to the Department of Education and the entire Provincial Government for the seamless manner in which the renovation project was supported by all role players.

“We are grateful as a school to the Department of Education. We are really honoured to see the MEC and the Provincial Government coming all the way from Polokwane to officially open our school. It really means a lot to us as a community of Khubvi.” Nangammbi lauded

MEC Kgetjepe admitted that it is their mandate to increase access to education and what the Khubvi community witnessed was the government’s effort to ensure quality education delivery through the provision of school infrastructure.

The MEC expects Khubvi Primary School, like all other schools in the province to support a generation of children and enable them to learn, grow, flourish and be prepared for the exciting challenges that lie ahead.

“We are going to follow your progress with care and interest because the groundwork and foundation for future learning starts in primary school.” Said the MEC

“Quality results that we must produce in Grade 12 starts here in primary school because primary education is designed to provide foundational knowledge that will help learners progress to more complicated concepts and tasks as they move through established pathways in the educational system.”