By Jacques Smalle (MPL), DA Limpopo Provincial Leader:
The DA has discovered that more than 90 learners are sharing a tiny classroom at Kopano Secondary School in Lebowakgomo Zone S.
The school enrolment is more than 900 with only 12 classrooms and five dilapidated mobile classrooms that are on the verge of collapsing on the learners at any moment.
The learners have no chairs and desks and only seats on the frames of old chairs and desks in an overcrowded classrooms.
This crisis has come about while the Limpopo Education Department failed to spend 60% of its school maintenance budget in the previous financial year.
Due to the appalling conditions at the school, the parents opted to erect a tin shack to accommodate some of the learners who were attending their lessons under a tree.
More than 120 learners are sharing one stinking and dilapidated pit toilets, while 29 educators shares two separate pit toilets.
No staff room, library, laboratory admin block and store room and some of these classrooms are being utilised to cater for the teachers , books, laboratory and kitchen.
Today, the DA has written to the Acting MEC for Education, Jerry Ndou to urgently intervene on this crisis by providing another mobile classrooms and working toilets as an interim measure to address overcrowding.
The school has written many letters to the department on this crisis, but they are still waiting for even a reply.
Examples similar to this school can be found elsewhere in the province where inadequate resources such as desks, chairs and chock boards are affecting learning.
The 60% of capital infrastructure grant which was not spent, could have been utilised to purchase chairs and desks and even build extra classrooms for the deserving schools.
The DA calls on Education MEC Ndou to pay norms and standard and fix this school immediately.