By Jane Sithole MPL, DA Mpumalanga Legislature Chief Whip:
The DA is pleased that the Department of Education has headed our call and has taken decisive steps to overcome the equipment shortage challenges facing eMakhazeni boarding school.
During a sitting of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature last week, the house supported a DA motion calling for action to improve the province’s quality of education, focusing on Emakhazeni Boarding School.
The motion came as a result of a DA oversight visit to the newly opened boarding school that revealed that;
- The Grade R section had no indoor or outdoor learning facilities, the sandpit was empty, and there were no balls, educational toys, chalkboard and no workbooks;
- Grade 8 & 9 learners were struggling to study as they still had no textbooks;
- The school had no sporting equipment and the learners had not been supplied with sports uniforms;
- The Library, Laboratory and Computer Centre are all un-operational and empty.
We welcome the fact that Education MEC, Reginah Mhaule has stood by her commitment and has begun the roll out of necessary tools to ensure that children’s development is put first. According to media reports, during a media tour to the school, journalists found that the sandpit had been filled with sand, the bathrooms had been cleaned and a few books in the library had been unpacked. This decisive action should be commended.
The department of Education has shown that it is aware of our oversight duty and is willing to work with the Democratic Alliance to ensure that all learners are able to access quality education.
We will continue our oversight role and work with the department of education for the benefit of all.