MEC Kgetjepe must secure our rural schools

By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Spokesperson on Education:

The DA will today launch a petition campaign in Seshego, against neglect for safety at rural schools in Limpopo.

The DA will also write to the MEC for Education, Ishmael Kgetjepe, to request he urgently tables a rural school safety plan in the Limpopo Legislature, and a plan to assist learners affected by school vandalism to catch-up on missed classes.

The pupils of Mohlakaneng high school returned to school on Monday at the start of a new school term to find four classrooms burnt to the ground.

Similarly, M.E.Makgatho Secondary in Seshego Zone 4, was broken into the night before the school openings on Monday and tuck-shop stock and materials were stolen.

Dr.Makunyane Secondary School in Zone 5, was broken into this past weekend and an unidentified number of computers were stolen.

While police are investigating these cases, it is pivotal that the Department of Education secures our learners and their school facilities from vandals and criminals.

The DA will also request the department to provide mobile classroom as an interim relieve so that teaching and learning can proceed in a conducive environment.

Many of this province’s children have had to endure schooling in unsafe environments; no learner should be expected to perform well when their security and well being is under threat.

Public ordinary schools are at the centre of our provinces socio-economic development. If their security is as inadequate as it currently is, then the educational goals envisioned by the National Development Plan can never be realised.