By Jane Sithole MPL, DA Mpumalanga Legislature Chief Whip:
A Democratic Alliance motion in the Mpumalanga Legislature on improving the quality of education, was passed yesterday by the Legislature, unanimously.
The DA welcomes the ANC’s acknowledgment that the quality of education must improve. The motion specifically calls for eMakhazeni boarding school to be better equipped.
The recently-built boarding school cost over R230 million and has been operational for eight months, yet it is unacceptable to the DA that this school hasn’t been properly equipped to give the best possible education and opportunity for learners to better themselves. the Legislature has agreed with the DA that:
Some of the shortages faced by the school include:
- The Grade R section, which is vital for early childhood development, is underequipped – there is no indoor or outdoor learning furniture, the recreational sandpit lies empty, no balls or educational toys have been delivered, no chalkboard and no workbooks exist, and
- Grade 8 and 9 learners have no textbooks, and
- The school has no sporting equipment and the learners have not been supplied with sports uniforms, and
- The Library, Laboratory and Computer Centre are all un-operational and stand empty.
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By supporting the DA motion the ANC has acknowledged that education in Mpumalanga deserves better attention. Yesterday’s decision can only serve to better education in this province.
Education must equip learners with the necessary tools to help them become adults who positively contribute the country’s economy.
The DA recognizes the ongoing challenges faced by Mpumalanga Education and will hold MEC Reginah Mhaule to account to take the necessary steps to overcome these obstacles so that these learners can have education which in turn gives them freedom that they can use.