James Masango MPL
Provincial Chief Whip of the Official Opposition
The DA is shocked to learn that schooling has been indefinitely stopped at Vulamehlo Primary School in Thembisile Hani, after it was severely damaged during a wind storm last week.
This top performing school was built in 1984 as a temporary structure, and 29 years later it is still in the same state. Although the provincial government has on numerous occasions promised to construct a new building for the school, and recently passed a DA motion calling for such, this has not yet happened.
The environment at this school is not conducive for learning, and apart from having to deal with occasional blown away roofs; learners and educators often have to work in flooded classrooms during rainy periods.
Yet, despite these challenges teachers and learners are so committed to obtaining a good education that they’ve overcome these conditions to ensure the school remains one of the province’s best performers.
The current situation is unacceptable and contravenes the right to education. It has left personnel and learners uncertain about their future as they don’t even know whether they will be able to write exams next week.
The DA calls on MEC Reginah Mhaule to urgently intervene in this matter and dispatch temporary mobile classrooms to the school to ensure that exams can be written. The department must prioritise the construction of a new building in the next financial year in order to enhance the school’s already excellent performance.