Hero school principal gets Covid-19 as his learners recover from mass infection

Everson Luhanga

Just about all the 204 learners who were infected by the coronavirus at a boarding school in the Eastern Cape have beaten Covid-19.

Over 180 of these learners have been reunited with their families, while more will complete their quarantine period later in the coming days.

But there is no relief yet for the parents and the school governing body at Makaula Senior Secondary School as principal Luzuko Mbana has been admitted into a KZN private hospital for Covid-19 treatment.

Mbana is credited with parachuting the school from a 26% pass rate in 2006 to 92% in 2019.

It is this success that pushed the student population at the school to more than 1,800 learners.

This is despite the school having little funding from the government.

In the past two years, the School Governing Body of parents raised enough money to build 20 dormitories: 12 for boys and eight for girls, to deal with the overcrowding.

See our video of the school published on Sunday