Learners fight for their right to education in Limpopo

Jacques Smalle MPL

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader:

This morning, the DA Leader and Spokesperson for Education, Jacques Smalle, discovered that the learners at Mohlakaneng High School in Seshego are protesting (Click here) for their constitutionally mandated right to education.

Learners in all grades have not been taught pure maths, maths literacy , tourism , sepedi , physical science , customer studies at all this year because they do not have adequate teachers for these subjects.

Today, the DA will write to the chairperson of the portfolio committee for education , Sentle Fenyane , to call an urgent meeting to debate school readiness after the DA witnessed a plethora of challenges faced by most learners across the province since the opening of the first school term.

Since the term commenced , there were no teachers to educate learners in these core subjects , as learners allege that their teachers were moved to other schools without any replacements.

Learners now opted to barricade (Click here) the school entrance until their grievances are addressed. To add insult to injury , learners did not receive textbooks from the department for these subjects and five learners are forced to share a textbook.

The DA has already engaged with the Acting MEC for department of education, Jerry Ndou, to intervene on the matter by employing more teachers specifically for maths and science.

We want the department to give clarity on the following matters:

  • School readiness
  • Late or non delivery of textbooks and workbooks
  • Replacement policy of the teachers
  • Catch up programme for Malamulele learners
  • Scholar transport
  • Delivery of mobile classrooms

The DA insists that the department holds officials accountable who are responsible for delaying learning and teaching in the various schools across the province.