By Khume Ramulifho MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education:
Noordgesig Primary School parents are simply sick and tired of waiting on the Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, to address them with the many challenges the school faces. Most recently the school Principal has been suspended for arranging to have 40 pupils circumcised.
Parents do not want a statement from the MEC’s office saying that his department will probe the matter. MEC Lesufi must walk his talk and commit to a date to meet with disgruntled residents and parents of the school in Soweto.
Earlier this week the DA called for an investigation from the Public Protector as learners at the school will only see renovations at their school completed next year, despite R17,8 million being budgeted to fix the school last year.
This school is plagued with problems and it must collectively be addressed by the MEC, School Governing Body and the concerned residents and parents. Sustainable solutions must be sought in order to get to the bottom of the many challenges faced by the school and how it can be addressed.
The DA believes that the MEC has a responsibility to provide a safe and conducive learning environment at Noordgesig Primary School. All learners deserve quality education regardless of their circumstances. The school has been left unattended for far too long.