Khume Ramulifho MPL
Spokesperson on Education
The DA condemns the reported politicisation of school openings in Soweto by ANC public representatives this morning. It is regretable that ANC members are disrupting teaching and learning on day one of schooling.
According to reports, ANC public representatives are using school visits to campaign ahead of this year’s election. In Orlando, the ANC activists, led by the ward councillor, visited Orlando High and Selelekela Secondary schools where they asked principals to convene an assembly after 10:00 to address learners.
It is reported that in Pimville they were handing out ANC t-shirts. This is unacceptable.
I have written to Education MEC Barbara Creecy to address this matter urgently as schools are not campaigning grounds. She must instruct principals to not allow this to take place at schools during school hours.
Despite these isolated desperate attempts by the local ANC, I’m pleased that day one of schooling started well at most schools in Soweto. There were a few exceptions, notably where classes didn’t start before 10:00 due to placing of learners in different grades and classes.
My visits this morning, however, highlighted the urgent need for the department to prioritise infrastructure development in 2014. Schools like Noordgesig Primary and Secondary need to be renovated urgently as the school infrastructure has deteriorated. The roof is leaking, ceilings are falling apart and water has flooded classrooms.
Orlando High and Noordgesig Secondary Schools were also burgled during the Festive Season, with 16 computers stolen at Noordgesig Secondary School.
Despite these hiccups the DA believes that 2014 will be a good year for learners and teachers across Gauteng.