Democratic Alliance in Limpopo says schools are not ready for the new academic year and continue to struggle with unaddressed historical challenges.
DA Limpopo spokesperson on education Jacques Smalle, who has written to Limpopo MEC for Education Polly Boshielo to urgently address challenges faced by schools for the 2021 academic year said
some schools are not ready to start with academic year.
In a statement today, Smalle said the DA conducted oversight inspection visits yesterday at Molautsi Secondary School, OR Mabotja Secondary School and Mmaditshika Primary School.
Smalle said OR Mabotja Secondary school has not had water since the School Management Team resumed work on the 25th of January. At present, the school does not have water and has to use the general assistants to fetch water from the community.
Smalle said The National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) food has not been delivered and learners are being fed with the food that was left over from December.
The food is also stored and prepared in an unsatisfactory environment and manner.
She added that the school has a shortage of desks and some textbooks for learners, and makes use of pit toilets. The school also continues to struggle from its historical challenges of teenage pregnancies, drop out of learners and gangsterism that the Limpopo Department of Education has not addressed.
DA in limpopo is also not satisfied with Mmaditshika Primary School as it has a roofless four-classroom block not in use as a result of storm damage that occurred in 2013/14. DA said the damage has not been addressed despite numerous engagements with the Limpopo Department of Education and unfulfilled promises for the provision of mobile
Smalle said Mmaditshika Primary has to make use of pit toilets that are a great risk to the young learners at the school. There is also a severe water shortage at the school that compromises their hygiene standards.
Smalle said this culture of unpreparedness by the Limpopo Department of Education and its inability to address the historical issues the schools in the province face continues to be major
She concluded that the DA will continue to monitor the progress of schools and adherence to the health and safety measures during this Covid-19 pandemic to ensure that learners, educators and staff are protected.