DA condems lack of water and facilities at Katlehong school

Khume Ramulifho MPL Spokesperson on Education The DA in Gauteng condemns the failure of the provincial education department to adequately cater for this most basic need of learners at the Pheasant Folly primary school in Katlehong. During a recent visit to the school the DA discovered there is only one water tap serving the needs of more than 800 learners. The school primarily serves learners from the nearby informal settlement. It is unacceptable that the Gauteng Education Department is treating learners at the school in this manner. This further serves to illustrate the crisis in Gauteng school infrastructure construction and maintenance exposed by the DA last week. There is also no electricity, solar lighting or decent staff room at the school and there is no proper school ground for the learners. It is clear that poor leadership and lack of support by districts disadvantage teachers and learners. The kitchen where they prepare nutrition for learners is not adequate at all. The school is left to suffer with poor infrastructure, while learners aren’t even supplied with proper nutrition because the service provider fails to comply with required speciation’s for nutrition such as providing fruit for learners. The DA believes that the department must provide all learners with quality infrastructure conducive to proper teaching and learning. It appears learners are being denied the opportunity to access quality basic education due to their socio-economic background. The DA will question Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy on the department’s failure in this regard and how the school will be assisted.

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