By Anthony Benadie MPL, Spokesperson on Education:
The DA is shocked to learn that 21 years into democracy, there are still children in Mpumalanga whose education is compromised by a lack of decent furniture at their school.
According to media reports, leaners at Roodebank Combined School situated on a farm in eMbalenhle in Govan Mbeki municipality have been using bricks instead of chairs in their classrooms.
The report further details how two different grades are forced to share one classroom because of the shortage of infrastructure. Some of the pupils also complain of constant back pain as a result of sitting on the bricks with nothing to balance their backs.
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The school, which accommodates grade 1 to 9 learners from farms in and around eMbalenhle is allegedly also battling with a shortage of textbooks, overcrowded transport, broken windows and toilets without doors.
The situation at the school is not conducive for learning and grossly undermines the learner’s basic right to a decent education. No learner should have to be educated in an unsafe environment that compromises their safety as well as their ability to succeed.
The DA will write a letter to education MEC, Reginah Mhaule, asking her to intervene and ensure that these learners are granted the necessary infrastructure to access quality education.
A DA-led government with its policies entrenched in the values of freedom, fairness and opportunity would grant these pupils a real opportunity to succeed by ensuring that they receive a good education in a safe and enabling environment.