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Stories By Joseph Zulu - SWAZI OBSERVER-03-Feb-2012

AT least 150 orphans could be affected if Global Revival Mission Primary would be closed today following the deadline set by the ministry of education.

According to a list released by the ministry, the school is amongst those that have not had their licence renewed.

This is despite that the school obtained 88.2% pass rate during the Standard V exams last year, which they wrote for the first time. Most pupils depend on the school for meals during the day as well as clothing as they have no parents.

Situated in one of the poorest places in the country, the school is a haven for many children, some whose only meal is provided by the institution. Noteworthy is that Global Revival, which started off as a feeding scheme made from wooden off-cuts, has now grown to be a high tech primary school.

It boasts of the best infrastructure such as an administration block, larger classrooms, a hall used for assembly and even a school kitchen. The school has over 300 pupils who are mostly orphans as it was initially built to accommodate orphans who could not gain admission elsewhere. Founder of the school, Pastor Cleopas Masilela once revealed that at least E2m has been spent to build the school which was funded through donations.

One of these pupils obtained a Merit pass and has continued to study at a local high school sponsored by Global Revival Mission.

…It must be a mistake - Principal

PRINCIPAL of the school, Nathi Nkambule said the ministry must have made a mistake as they had registered with government. Nkambule said the school was registered last year and it was also benefiting from the government’s free primary education programme (FPE). “We even have a registration number, which is 1096,” said the principal.

Nkambule did not seem aware that his school had been listed among those that would be closed by government. The principal also said the school has received textbooks and food from the ministry, meaning that it was a fully registered institution.

He clarified that the school was not private but registered under government, adding that the ministry has so far provided four teachers. The Lubombo regional education officer also sounded shocked that the school would be closed, adding he was not aware of anything like it.

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