By Khume Ramulifho MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC of Education:
The DA has visited a number of schools in Soweto to check on school readiness, focusing on furniture, learner educator-ratio and general state of school infrastructure.
The most disappointing visit was to Siyabonga Secondary School in Braamfischerville – this school performed well last year with a Grade 12 pass rate above 80%, however, the school desperately needs chairs and extra classrooms.
Learners sit against walls, share chairs and in some instances, use desks to sit on.
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The Gauteng education department has a responsibility to provide an environment conducive to learning and teaching in schools across the province.
The department has failed learners and teachers at Siyabonga Secondary School and others in and around Soweto.
It is unacceptable that the department allows such discouraging learning conditions to characterise the 2016 academic year.
Once again the department has failed to use early enrolment as a planning mechanism to allocate resources.
Before the MEC Panyaza Lesufi threatens to fire principals and teachers and build state-of-the-art new schools, he must provide schools with basic resources.
Get the basics right, MEC Lesufi.