Jacques Smalle (MPL)
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader
The National Education Infrastructure Management System (NEIMS) Report, recently released by the national department of Basic Education is a sombre reminder of the shocking state of infrastructure that plagues the Limpopo Department of education.
As it is currently, 67 % of primary and secondary schools in Limpopo province do not meet adequate standards of Education.
The Report, in DA’s possession highlighted many challenges faced by 3 829 ordinary operational schools across Limpopo yet the most shocking was :
- 67.2% of schools still use pit toilets
- Only 6.5 % of schools have libraries and only 43% of these are stocked with books
- 94% do not have laboratories
- 85% do not have computer centres
As usual, the 2013/14 Annual Report by the MEC of Education Thembisile Nwedamutswu, misleadingly promised in her foreword to make schools in the province “real community centres of excellence.”
She also promised to improve sanitation and water provision to allow effective learning and teaching to take place in a conducive environment and to deploy Information Communication Technologies (ICT) in public schools or collaborative learning especially in rural schools.
However, the MEC’s claims are contrary to the daily reality of many of our learners. Over a thousand schools have pits and no sanitation. Furthermore, there has been no significant improvement in the provision of water for schools since 23% in 2012, 22% in 2013 and 21% in 2014 respectively have had unreliable or no water supply at all. A staggering 14% of schools have computers.
The DA finds it unacceptable for the department to expect an increase in Matric passes and outstanding results in critical subjects such as Maths and Science when it has dismally failed to provide the most basic of amenities for the success of our learners.
The DA calls on Education MEC to immediately set up a task team that will come up with a strategy to deal with this crisis.
The multi-contradictions between provincial and national reports of the education is fast becoming a matter of concern. One wonders if the national education authorities are ignorant or not.