2023-11-29 21:48

Kobus van Wyk

Room structure

To start – the floor must be surveyed –
  See if it’s suitable
It will withstand the kids’ parade
  If it is durable
Floors must be perfect and be firm
  And no holes should one see
Enduring feet term after term
  They should be defect free
They must be strong and must be straight
  Machines are kept secure
A wobbly floor is just not great
  Must find a lev’ling cure
Each school must next decide with what
  To cover the room’s floor
This detail matters quite a lot
  All options do explore
The room should be at all times free
  Of dust and dirt and slime
A cover for the floor’s the key
  To keep out all the grime
If carpets with soft pile you use
  Note carefully the brand
The anti static ones must choose
  Expect a price tag grand
It is not hard to understand
  Most carpets gather dust
It settles underneath each strand
  May even form a crust
When schools on carpets do insist
  – Some like to have their way –
Make sure that they do get the gist
  It must be cleaned each day
For carpets do not use a broom
  Into them dust will seep
Each day perform a good vacuum
  Remove specks that lie deep
A vacuum cleaner one must add
  If rooms dust free must stay
When floors with carpets smart are clad
   This is the price you pay
Another option for the floor
  Sheet vinyl may be used
It does not cost a penny more
  Could hardly be refused
It is much easier to clean
  Than carpets with a pile
No dust will settle in between
  One cleans it with a smile
A floor with tiles – it is quite cheap –
  With this one can’t go wrong
A mop is all one needs to keep
  To clean does not take long
Don’t think that you can sweep the room
  – To do this do not dare –
The net effect – using a broom –
  The dust goes in the air
Dust specks suspended in the air
  Will settle in due course
They hasten P Cs’ wear and tear
  Snuff out their vital force
Into the plan details must go
  Define the type of floor
The measurements be sure to show
  The cost do not ignore
Next you must look above your head
  The ceiling may not sag
For this do have a healthy dread
  Be quick to fix this snag
Assess what fixing must be done
  Or what must be replaced
A ceiling that falls down on one
  By this will be disgraced
A broken ceiling lets in dust
  The P C’s enemy
To fix it is an abs’lute must
  Saves cleaning energy
Get building experts’ sound advice
  To learn what this entails
A fix can fetch a hefty price
  Plan all the small details
The walls likewise must be quite strong
  They may not lean at all
A wall that is not strong is wrong
  For it can eas’ly fall
A wall should not give off a flake
  Distributing its dirt
A sign this be that it may break
  Could even cause one hurt
The room may not have ample space
  For a computer suite
Presenting a perplexing case
  To fix – a major feat
Two rooms perhaps must merge in one
  The needed space to give
Space shortage is thereby undone
  For I T – a reprieve
A wall may have to come right down
  Be careful of the roof
On experts’ good advice don’t frown
  For safety get some proof
For ease of use and admin sake
  – To gain the best effect –
Provision for a server make
  Best spot for it select
For this you may a wall erect
  To build a cubicle
Place for technicians to reflect
  Perform their miracle
There may be an alcove next door
  Demolish first a wall
In here one could a server store
  A perfect private stall
It sometimes is quite possible
  That buildings are pre fab
This simply is not suitable
  Not fitting for a lab
The thieves can easily break in
  Through tender pre fab walls
These must be strengthened from within
  – Or outside – lest one falls
This can be done by using bricks
  Build from the floor to roof
But there are also other tricks
  To make the walls thief proof
The walls one can with steel plates line
  Through which no thief can drill
This leaves a room that’s safe and fine
  But also a huge bill
Some of the schools are very full
  They simply overflow
What does one do in such a school
  Where learner numbers grow
There is an influx from the farms
  And other rural zones
The rising numbers raise alarms
  One hears the crowded groans
A room can’t be identified
  For a computer place
A venue just can’t be supplied
  There simply is no space
Of course a lab should never steal
  A school of teaching space
When teachers use it just to deal
  With I T in each case
A lab should not be viewed as just
  A novelty or whim
But as a place where children must
  Learn the curriculum
When teachers’ mindset thus you groom
  Each one becomes a pro
Rotating learners through the room
 Maintains the status quo
The claims that sorely needed space
  Is gobbled by I T
Are thus untrue and a disgrace
  With this – do not agree
The other option that there is –
  Create a new venue
But this demands some expertise
  And ample revenue
Some think that old containers could
   Be used to create space
In most cases this option would
  Cast problems in your face
Its transport is a major schlep
  Foundations one must dig
The cost is high for one to prep
  The effort very big
Their shape is less than what one needs
  One unit is too cramped
One could weld them – a string of beads –
  At great cost be revamped
Attractive as it may appear
  Pause first and calculate
All implications must be clear
  The cost may be too great
Some would prefer to build from scratch
  A room with brick and clay
Of course to this one must attach
  The bills one needs to pay
So whether you just remodel
  Or build a brand new place
The project plan you now must fill
  With details of this space

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