By Khume Ramulifho MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education:
Water shortages and the current drought in Gauteng are having a negative impact on school nutrition (feeding scheme) programmes at schools across the province.
Class contact time is also being lost and examinations are affected as schools shut their doors due the lack of water supply and extreme weather conditions.
Asking learners to go home is not a sustainable solution as schools are a conducive environment for learning and benefiting from school programmes such as nutrition and sport.
Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, must ensure that adequate measures are in place to circumvent the impact the drought has on school programmes and examinations.
The MEC should implement an emergency strategy at matric examination centres across the province to ensure that there are zero disruptions, and that matriculants will be provided with drinking water in the event shortages.
Room temperatures at examination centres must also be monitored by the department to provide comfort.