2023-11-29 20:05

Kobus van Wyk

Distribution of light

A crucial point – a great concern –
  Where does one find the cash
This issue – faced at ev’ry turn –
  Most schools don’t have a stash
The budget is quite limited
  A cake – so very small –
Not much to be distributed
  The order very tall
Which school will be the first to get
  And which one will be last
One views the get word with regret
  Don’t use it quite so fast
Likewise is give an ugly word
  That one is loath to use
Both give and get one finds absurd
  To use them do refuse
Rich schools object – they do complain –
  They do not get their share
They moan that they can never gain
  That Khanya is not fair
They think that Khanya must just give
  And all the schools must get
Believing their due’s to receive
  One fat fact they forget
The purpose is to equalize
  The same all can’t expect
One therefore must prioritize
  The poor do not neglect
The poorest of the poor come first
  In one’s provisioning
Attention given to their thirst
  In fair apportioning
A magic formula you don’t
  Apply to every school
A standard issue you just won’t
  Use as a sharing tool
Too great is the disparity
  Between the haves and nots
While all strive for prosperity
  There are no equal lots
If all the schools the same receive
  Then what will be the aim
Non equity one won’t relieve
  The gap will stay the same
The rule is therefore very clear
  The poor must first be served
The greatest portion – have no fear –
  For these schools is reserved
The rich must share with those without
  Use thinking that is sound
Then learners stand without a doubt
  On level playing ground
But there’s another point to note
  When one selects a school
The head must first of all promote
  I T as being cool
A leader she must also be
  One skilled in management
Respected by each employee
  For her calm temperament
Computers never can resolve
  A problem business case
One must the managers involve
  To lay a solid base
A principal must therefore see
  That learners are in class
And loyal teachers there must be
  Their job – to help them pass
Good governance and poverty
  In some schools both are found
Strong management ability
  With judgment that is sound
The combination you require
  Of this be adamant
A school that’s poor yet does inspire
  Strong trust in management
Schools need these two criteria
  For them to justify
That they are not inferior
  And they too qualify
But Khanya does not take the lead
  To make the final choice
There clearly does exist a need
  To hear the expert’s voice
The good officials on the floor
  Know all the ins and outs
Of every school – and what is more –
  Will serve as Khanya’s scouts
Do not neglect to form a link
  With the officialdom
To go a diff’rent route – don’t think –
  Can’t build your own kingdom
Upon their judgment do rely
  All their advice must use
And Khanya does not even try
  These pointers to refuse
Over the years Khanya has proved
  Its value to the schools
While budgets greatly have improved
  It still retains the rules
In spite of funds available
  Selection is still strict
The choices – justifiable –
  Deserving ones are picked

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