Limpopo Schools Falling Apart as 60% of Funds go Unspent.

Jacques Smalle MP DA Limpopo Provincial Leader Learners in the deep rural schools around Vhembe and Capricorn are risking their lives by attending their lessons in buildings so deteriorated that the roof could collapse on them at any moment. DA oversight visits to these districts this week revealed terrible conditions where many classrooms are without windows, doors, enough chairs and tables that lead to overcrowding. The roofs in some schools are on the verge of collapsing and that poses a risk to the lives of the learners. The learners in Folovhodwe Secondary in Mutale are forced to attend their lessons in the classrooms without windows and doors in freezing weather conditions. The school’s infrastructure is very old and the other classrooms are relinquished after being destroyed by a storm. More than 80 learners at Mphetsebe high school in Mankweng are also sharing a tiny classroom and 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 situation in these rural schools is due to the Education Department spending only 41.6 % of their capital expenditure which was meant to build new blocks and fixing schools. The DA calls Education MEC Dickson Masemola to fix the situation at these school with immediate effect. Examples similar to these school can be found elsewhere in the province where inadequate resources such as desks, chairs and chock boards are affecting learning. The unspent 60% of capital infrastructure grant 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 be provided with mobile classrooms, extra chairs and desks as budgeted for. Our activists and councillors will monitor all schools in other districts especially in the rural areas to determine the conditions of the schools.

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