The Democratic Alliance (DA) has demanded the Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, to urgently intervene at Durban Deep Primary School in Roodepoort after it was forced to shut down by parents for the past three weeks due to lack of water and electricity.
According to DA, for some time now, the school has been experiencing the shortages of water which led to dry taps and toilets not functioning.
The school was completely shut down after the department had supplied water tanks, which led to pupils getting sick.
Khume Ramulifho has stated that the department has made several empty promises to fix the challenges happening at the school, as nothing yet has happened.
“Their lack of action is denying learners the opportunity to access basic education as is their constitutional right”, he said.
The DA is calling on the Department to urgently engage with the parents and teachers to resolve the matter and ensure that teaching and learning resumes immediately.
“These learners are mostly from the forgotten informal settlements and parents from this area are unable to send their children to other schools as they can’t afford to pay for transport and school fees” said Ramulifho.
DA believes that the learners should not be determined by their success as these f
“We believe that a learner’s background must never be a determinant of their success. These abandoned informal settlements are in desperate need of a total change that will provide opportunities for all”.
In addition the Gauteng Department of education has been battling each year to place learners before the academic year starts, today the DA will be visiting schools that has been shut down, to determine why they have been abandoned by the department and how they could be re-opened to reduce overcrowding and ensuring each learner is placed on the first day of new school year.