By Khume Ramulifho MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC of Education:
Residents, school learners, teachers, school management and parents are experiencing great difficulty over the uncertainty of whether the Village Waldorf School in Rietvalleirand, Tshwane, is registered with the Gauteng Education department or not.
In a reply to a DA question, the MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi said that the school is not registered with the department and that it is set to shut its doors pending an investigation.
Members of the community have raised concerns about the MEC’s remarks.
However, according to the department’s director of the independent schools division, Mr Mazengelonke Mdingi, the school is registered and all was in order.
The Department of Education seems to be odds with itself, as the MEC’s statement contradicts that of Mr Mdingi.
In all of this confusion, the school’s learners and teachers are bearing the brunt of uncertainty, and may be forced to find alternatives should the school be shut down.
Allowing this confusion to linger any longer will cause major disruptions going forward, and may cause parents to withdraw their children as a result.
Equally, if the school meets required standards as an independent school, it deserves unequivocal confirmation so they are certain about their status.
The MEC must clarify the school’s registration status and should the need arise, commit to a deadline by when action will be taken.