The official opening of Lumko High School in Amalinda, was officially handed over at an opening ceremony hosted by the department of education, was held amid much fanfare on October 12.
The new school has been operational at its new premises at its present location since 2016, but its official opening was held this month.
The original prefabricated school building was previously located in Gompo in Duncan Village.
Matric pupil Athenkosi Zotyatya said when he started grade 8 eight at the Gompo school building, it was in a state of disrepair.
“The rain would come in and some windows were broken. There’s a huge difference here now. We have good facilities and new tools for learning,” Zotyatya said.
The new school, between July 2013 and October 2016, cost well over R70m. million to build.
Among its many facilities are sports fields, two media centres and a science lab.
Provincial education acting MEC Mlungisi Mvoko said their role was to celebrate with the school and forge partnerships.
“We request a partnership with the parents, pupils learners and school so we can talk about problems faced within schools.
“A school doesn’t operate on its own, it has partners,” he Mvoko said.
Speaking on the challenges faced by other schools, Mvoko said the department does everything in accordance with the budget allocated and that “it takes time to develop schools”.
Student School Governing Body chairperson Mlandeli Nonxuba said: “We was overjoyed because it took a long time to acquire the land where the school is built.
“We pledge to work hand- in-hand with the staff and department of education to try by all possible means to make sure the school isn’t vandalised.”
Buffalo City district official, Estelle Swartz, said they were proud of the school’s outstanding achievements over the years.