By Ina Cilliers MPL, DA Constituency Head: Merafong:
Learner safety at the newly opened Fochville Secondary School has once again been compromised as pedestrian crossing markings were obliterated by road resurfacing crews.
The school is located along a major provincial road that intersects with the N12.
According to the school’s principal, since the resurfacing of the road started four months ago, five accidents have taken place leaving learners traumatised, and their class mates at increased risk.
In addition, the school was also broken into around the time the road resurfacing works started, and to date neither the education department nor the Department of Infrastructure Development have made any efforts to repair the damages.
Despite opening its doors in January the school has still not received an allocated budget and parents and teachers are left scrambling for funds to keep the school running.
The failure by the provincial education and infrastructure development departments to coordinate safety measures, like road markings, safety precautions alerting drivers and school safety jeopardizes learners’ right to quality education.
School learners, like every South African citizen, enjoy the right to safe and secure environment, and it is imperative that the provincial government at all times strive to uphold those rights.
Schools should only be opened once all required infrastructure, financial and academic resources are in place, giving learners the opportunity to obtain a quality education, and to build a better life.
To ensure that Fochville’s learners will enjoy the safety and security as provided for in our Constitution, I will engage directly with the relevant MECs and their departments, demanding that a pedestrian bridge be built, and will submit a petition by the community for urgent intervention measures.