New Daveyton school named after Luthuli

Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy says the new school will help deal with overcrowding.

Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy says the new school will help deal with overcrowding.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng's Education Department on Wednesday launched a new school in Ekurhuleni's Daveyton Township naming it after former ANC President Chief Albert Luthuli.

The school has been adopted by Swimming South Africa and it cost the government R58 million.

The principle of the school told media and parents in attendance that the swimming board will be erecting a swimming pool in the school and teaching the learners how to swim.

The department's MEC Barbara Creecy says the school is the first of several that they plan to build and launch in townships around the province.

She says this is to deal with overcrowding in schools.

The school is situated in a new RDP section in Daveyton called the Chief Luthuli Park.

The MEC said the school is expected to accommodate 1,600 pupils.

"It's equipped with computer labs, science labs and a library, and with great sporting facilities, it will be up to the principal to ensure the facilities are used and no soccer field is left for the grass to grow tall."

Creecy says the school will start operating after the September school holidays.

"The principal is the happiest person today because his three-year wait for a school is over and when we come back from the September holidays that school will move her."