Grade 8 & 9 learners at eMakhazeni boarding school are still without textbooks

By Jane Sithole MPL, DA Mpumalanga Legislature Chief Whip:

The following motion was delivered by DA Mpumalanga Chief Whip, Jane Sithole MPL, during a sitting in the Legislature today.

Honourable Speaker.

I rise to move a motion without notice on behalf of the Democratic Alliance, noting that:

The new boarding school recently built in the eMakhazeni local municipality, costing around R230 Million, has been operational for 8 months.

Hon. Speaker, the sight of this boarding school lives up to all expectation where learners who had little to no future are able to receive an opportunity to better themselves.

Hon. Speaker, education is vital so that a learner can use the opportunities provided to them to become educated and self-sustainable. Education gives learners the freedom to break the chains of poverty and contribute to growing the economy and bettering South Africa for all.

Further noting, Hon. Speaker, this boarding school still has some growing pains with;

  1. The Grade R section, which is vital for early childhood development is lacking as there is no indoor or outdoor learning facilities, the sandpit lies empty, no balls or educational toys, no chalkboard and no workbooks.
  2. Grade 8 & 9 learners are struggling to study as they still have no textbooks.
  3. The school has no sporting equipment and the learners have not been supplied with sports uniforms which is vital in forming a bond of pride, camaraderie and achievement.
  4. Sadly, Hon. Speaker, the Library, Laboratory and Computer Centre are all un-operational and empty.

I move that this house;

Acknowledge the achievements made by the MEC and her Department in moving education forward in this province.

I further move that this house;

Recognises the ongoing challenges faced by this school and that the MEC ensures that steps are taken to overcome these obstacles to enable these learners a quality education and freedom they can use.

I so move.