Gauteng Education Department Abandon Much Needed School Facility

PICTURE: Nokutula Center and Special School

The Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education Khume Ramulifho demands that the old Nokuthula LSEN School in Marlboro be relocated to the new school with immediate effect.

On the 1st March DA visited the newly built school known as Nokuthula LSEN School in Lyndhurst that has the state of the art facilities.

It came as a shock to see that there are no schoolchildren, no teaching and learning taking place as the school stands empty with much-needed facilities while under-equipped schools are severely overcrowded and cannot adequately meet the needs of children.

According to Ramulfho, the purpose of the visit was to inspect whether the school is operational and to assess the progress of teaching and learning.

“The school was officially opened in October last year by the Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, Gauteng Department of Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi and the MEC for Infrastructure Development, Jacob Mamabolo and to date, it is still not operational”, said Ramulifho.

“It also hosted the announcement of the Gauteng 2017 matric results in January”, he added.

The Gauteng Education Department has been of neglecting the quality facility by not proving maintenance.

It is believed that the department builds schools without a proper plan in place and does not comply with the standard norms and rules.

“We have engaged both Lesufi and the City of Johannesburg to urgently attend to this matter. The City is waiting for GDE to submit a rezoning application, as well as an application for occupation certificate. The delay to utilise the state-of-the-art facility is with the MEC’s office,” Ramulifho concluded.