By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Spokesperson on Education:
The DA has written to the Limpopo Education MEC, Ishmael Kgetjepe, urging him to speed up the process of building a new school at Professor High School in Bonn Village, ward 25, Tzaneen as the dilapidated school is on the verge of collapsing on learners at anytime.
The school was built by community members in 1978 and its infrastructure is on the verge of collapsing as the rainy summer seasons is approaching. The doors and windows are broken while some classrooms do not have chalkboards.
The walls in some classrooms have cracks which puts the lives of the learners at risk. The school has more than 400 learners and 15 educators. Learners do not have adequate resources such as chairs, tables, desks and forced to sit on the floor during lessons.
Both teachers and learners share four pit corrugated iron zinks toilets as the other toilets that were built in the same year as the school already collapsed during last season’s rain. Many learners relieve themselves in the bushes due to the conditions of the toilets as they are on the verge of collapsing.
There is no staff room for the teachers, a library , fence, water and the learners are forced to come with their own water from home. This happens despite the department allocating a whopping R805 million for infrastructure development during the current financial year.
Furthermore, the department also allocated R997 million for eradicating all the pit toilets and build flushing toilets but this never materialised due to the department’s failure to fulfil its promise.
The department was alerted about this deplorable conditions at the school and promised parents and learners two years ago that new school will be built within six months but nothing has happened to date.
This is a clear indication that the ANC led government has failed the learners and parents of Bonn Village and only made empty promises to score cheap political goals to win the hearts of people during elections.
The DA urges MEC Kgetjepe to visit the school and provide mobile classrooms and toilets as an interim measure and initiate plans of building a new school within the next three months as per his department’s empty promise.