Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) launched Ekangala Engineering School of Specialisation
The Gauteng Department of Education on Tuesday, 13 September 2022, officially launched Ekangala Engineering School of Specialisation with a focus on Mining at Ekangala in Bronkhorstspruit.
The launch was led by Gauteng Education MEC Mr Panyaza Lesufi, alongside Gauteng Education officials and traditional leadership from the area. Ekangala is a large township that falls under the City of Tshwane in the Gauteng province.
The Bronkhorstspruit region, where Ekangala is situated, is home to a number of coal mines, e.g. Canyon, Palesa, Sasol and Exxaro. Petra Diamonds Mine is in Cullinan, which not so far from the school, and there are also quarries that mine stones and sand.
The school began as Ekangala Comprehensive High School in 1985 and had mainly focused academics and traditional curriculum. Given the school’s proximity to mines, and it being situated in an industrial area, there was a need to offer a more skills-focused and dynamic curriculum. Therefore, technical subjects were phased in.
The school has now been launched as Ekangala Engineering School of Specialisation with a focus on Mining. The school prides itself as having exceptionally good performance in engineering, sciences, maths and ICT.
Learners at the school need to be immersed in mining skills, and careers in the industry. Mining, as mentioned earlier, is a predominant industry in the area.
Learners demonstrated a wide variety of critical industry skills such as welding, fitting & turning, automotive mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, excavation and so much more.
Not only are learners immersed in these high demand skills, they are also exposed to the creation and operation of certain machinery and technical equipment that is crucial in each of the previously mentioned skill sets.
Ekangala Engineering School of Specialisation is the 21st School of Specialisation in the province to be launched by the Gauteng Department of Education, and we plan on launching many more such schools as they equip learners with the necessary skills to begin work, entrepreneurship or freelancing in industries with high economic activity.
“We are preparing our learners for the future. Recent statistics show that 85% of matric learners go to universities after completing their matric and become academics. Schools of Specialisation will change that. Learners in such schools will be able to either work immediately at industry leading companies, or they will embark on entrepreneurship and start their own businesses,” said MEC Lesufi.