By Khume Ramulifho MPL DA Gauteng Shadow MEC: Education:
In response to DA questions regarding the status of Megatong Primary School in Soweto, the Gauteng Department of Education has indicated that no budget will be allocated to the school as it has already merged with Sediba-Thuto Primary.
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 records indicate that Megatong Primary received an annual budget allocation in 2011, despite allegedly merging with Sebida-Thuto in 2008.
The DA is pleased to note that ablution facilities will be upgraded at the school during the current holiday period and will be conducting an inspection of this as soon as the new term begins.
Despite this, uncertainty over the status of the school is hindering basic education standards at this facility.
I will follow up with Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, to clarify why the school has spent almost R1 million on security while it is not considered a separate entity and why they used private security instead of scholar patrollers.
The department must clarify the school’s status as soon as possible; this includes the 2011 budget allocation as well as extensive security costs at Megatong if these two schools were in fact merged.
In the interim, Megatong Primary remains without electricity and proper management.
Each of the 129 pupils at this school deserves a quality education and a future which will allow them to become successful and prosperous.
Their background and geographic location should not compromise this future and the DA will do everything we can to ensure their school-going years are secure and of the highest standard possible.