By Khume Ramulifho MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC: Education:
The Gauteng Department of Education is failing to provide basic standards for effective learning and teaching at Megatong Primary School in Soweto.
During an oversight visit to the school this morning I learned that the school has no electricity, has not had a budget allocation since 2011, ablution facilities are in terrible state and teachers haven’t been paid for several months.
Megatong Primary was earmarked to be merged with Sediba-Thuto Primary in 2008; however, according to investigations by Harris Nupen Molebatsi Attorneys, the district office still allows these schools to be run as two separate entities. Further, Department of Education records indicate that Megatong Primary received an annual budget allocation in 2011.
The school has 129 learners with 129 futures now being compromised because of poor planning and management on behalf of the department.
An inspection of Eldorado Secondary School also revealed that planned refurbishments have not been completed despite the May deadline which was promised by the department.
A learner’s background and geographic location should not determine the quality of education they receive.
The DA will be engaging with Gauteng MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, to determine what plans can be put into place to ensure that all 129 pupils receive the quality education they deserve.
Without this they will not be able to harness the opportunities they need for a successful and prosperous future.