Consider Education and Transport Problems at Free State schools

Basil Alexander

DA Free State Spokesperson for Education

No country in the world can hope to create a decent life for its citizens without a solid education system. In our democracy, it is a cause for concern that political power play and learner transport are huge contributing factors of learner absence in our schools in the province.

In this regard, it has come to my attention that learner transport came to a disruptive standstill on 1 April 2012 at the following schools:

* Phuthanang Intermediate School, where teachers are sitting with empty classes.

* Dipkraal Intermediate School in the Heilbron District, where 87 learners were affected.

* Saaihoek Relala School all learners at this school are effected who is situated between Clarens and Bethlehem.

The Baken Park Intermediate School in Bethlehem has been turned into a racial melting pot where Grade 1 to grade 3 learners have been relocated to Thabo Thokoza High School in Bohlokong without the acknowledgement of parents and the SGB of this school. Meetings were held on the 1st and the 15th April 2012 to find acceptable alternative solutions for the overcrowding problem at the school with no success.

The problem was created when learners were enrolled this school that obviously could not accommodate any more learners because of a shortage of classrooms( which has been a problem for some time). The Department of Education knew very well that they would have to move the foundation phase classes at this school to Thokoza School in Bohlokong.

Today the DA again requested the Free State MEC for Education, Mr. Tate Makgoe, to urgently consider the matter and implement corrective measures at the schools.

The current situation is clearly dividing the community and is not in the interest of nation building.

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