Jacques Smalle MPL
DA Limpopo Provincial Leader:
I have today written to the Limpopo Education acting MEC Jerry Ndou to urge him to immediately intervene in Malamulele where 150 schools remain closed due to violent protest action.
School closures in Malamulele are keeping over 179,000 learners out of class and the 2015 school year has not been able to commence. Over 300 Matric supplementary exam candidates are also not able to undertake their exams because of the school closures.
In light of the total shut down and burning of public schools in Malamulele yesterday, it is clear that learning is being adversely affected. This is a great risk to the high pass rate that schools in the area enjoyed in the previous academic years.
In 2014, Malamulele Secondary obtained 86.4% matric pass rate with an achievement of 50% in Maths and 73.5% in Science, Mtititi Secondary had 90.7% matric pass rate with an achievement of 71.4% pass in Maths and Science and Gidjana Secondary got 93% pass rate and 95% pass in both Maths and Science.
Unconfirmed reports to the DA today indicate that Mtititi and Gidjani Secondary Schools were also burned shortly after Malamulele secondary was set alight last night.
The DA is of the view that the ongoing protests in the area are likely to hamper the progress made by these Quintile 2 schools in the past year.
The futures of these children are now at risk.
To this end, we urge the MEC to speedily develop a contingency plan for all learners in the area to ensure that they don’t fall behind on the 2015 syllabus.