By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Spokesperson on Education:
The Limpopo Education Department continues to turn a blind eye on the death trap and ticking time bomb that Mammpa Primary School in Ga-Molepo near Turfloop has become. This, while the lives of teachers and more importantly that of the learners remain in great danger.
The roof of three out of the six dilapidated classrooms is on the edge of collapsing (See photo) at any time. Roof sheets are hanging on rotten planks, clearly contravening section 28 (f) (ii) of The Constitution hence putting lives of 191 learners at risk.
The DA understands that the school has made many requests on all the required departmental levels including the office of the past three MEC yet, there has been no reaction to this run down school.
These appalling conditions were established during the DA’s sight visit to the school following a tip off from concerned parents whose children’s lives are at risk.
This is one of innumerable problems facing the department in the province.
The Mammpa School’s dilemma is a classic example of lack of leadership and poor management which continues to haunt the department. To this day, the department has failed to account and hold the relevant officials responsible for the duplication of multi million rand, state of the art schools that have since became white elephants while other communities do not even have proper school infrastructure.
The DA will meet the Education MEC and demand immediate solutions to the problem.
The DA’s vision is that any child born into a disadvantaged family background is still able to receive goods and services that are crucial for their well-being and improves their standard of living. Every child should have access to food, healthcare, and the education they need to learn, grow and be exposed to the best possible opportunities for the future.
This is the premise on which the DA continues to fight and champion the interests of all learners particularly those in quantile 1-3, who have been severely neglected by the Education department in the province.