80 learners share one Limpopo classroom

Jacques Smalle MP

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

More than 80 learners are sharing a tiny classroom at a school in Mankweng, Limpopo, a DA oversight visit has found. The building has also deteriorated to the extent that the roof could collapse on the learners at any moment. The situation at this Mankweng school is due to the Education Department not spending 60% of the budget for fixing schools. The DA calls Education MEC Dickson Masemola to fix the situation at this school immediately.

Examples similar to this school can be found elsewhere in the province where inadequate resources such as desks, chairs and chock boards are affecting learning. At the Mankweng school, teachers stand on a desk in the middle of the classroom as there is no standing room to teach. Some learners are forced to sit on the floor or share one chair. The 60% of capital infrastructure grant which was not spent , could have been utilised to purchase chairs and desks and even build extra classrooms for the deserving schools. The DA also urges MEC Masemola to ensure that all the schools with over-crowding in classrooms be provided with mobile classrooms and extra chairs and desks as budgeted for. Consequences should follow for the MEC and officials if schools throughout the province without adequate resources such as textbooks, desks and chairs on time are not serviced by the Department.

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