Learners forced to pay R70 for toilet paper in Limpopo

Jacques Smalle MP

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

Learners at Toronto Primary School in Mankweng, Limpopo, are compelled to pay R70 a month for toilet papers and cleaning staff at the school, letters in the DA’s possession show. The decision was conveyed to parents at a meeting over the weekend after the school was unable to pay the cleaners.

The school has more than 1 500 learners and the cleaners are responsible for toilets and the whole school yard. The cleaners were no longer getting their monthly stipends due to lack of financial support from the Education Department and the school is regarded as a no fee school. This payment for the basic need of toilet paper is unacceptable as the school is in a rural area that has an escalating rate of unemployment.

The DA believes that this is not the only school in the province experiencing funding shortages from the Education Department. We demand to know why the Education Department is not supporting these schools financially to half the burden that the parents are carrying of paying operational matters for their children. We want Education MEC Dickson Masemola to be held accountable for not implementing the norms and standards for school funding.

The DA demand MEC Masemola’s immediate intervention at this school and others experiencing the same similar crisis.

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