By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Spokesperson on Education:
Three weeks ago, the Democratic Alliance submitted written questions (read questions) to the Education MEC to establish why the department has delayed repairs on Peningotsa Secondary School’s roof. This week, learners escaped serious injury after their self-made roof got blown away by heavy winds again.
The wind blew the roof off four (see video) of the eight classrooms. This happened during the total shutdown of Malamulele earlier this year. However, the department has since turned a blind eye on the calls made to assist the school.
The DA has reliably learnt that even now, the department has not yet lifted a hand to assist the school.
Over 300 pupil’s lives are currently at risk as the building is unstable and exposed to the elements (Photo). The SGB confirmed this afternoon that heavy winds struck the area this week and learners and teachers had to run for dear life seeking refugee elsewhere in the school building.
This ignorance by the department and its stakeholders is unacceptable. It just shows how unimportant learner’s lives are to this ANC government.
In the Western Cape where DA governs, government would not allow teaching and learning to proceed in such conditions while the lives of learners and teachers are tagged for sale. It is not clear how these learners, particularly matriculants would perform in the final examination.
Again, the DA calls on the MEC to immediately send mobile classrooms to the Malamulele School.