Gauteng Education Department Neglects School Infrastructure

PICTURE: DA Gauteng

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has once again demanded the Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi to urgently intervene and address the infrastructure challenges faced by Gauteng province schools as there are no teaching learning in majority schools.

“It is high time that the MEC conducts an infrastructure audit at all the public schools across the province to determine the extent of the challenges being faced”.

Following a visit this week at Kutumela Molefe Primary School in Tshwane, it was forced to shut down as parents are unhappy with the overcrowded classrooms. This situation has negatively impacted on teaching and learning at the school as there are 135 learners per classroom.

It is believed due to the problem experienced by the online registration system, many learners were not placed timeously, resulting in severe overcrowding in schools.

With the promises made by the department to deliver mobile classrooms, till date no classes have been delivered, leaving learners in overcrowded classrooms.

In addition, during the visit again at Goza Primary School in Freedom Park, it has been discovered that only one block of ablution facilities is working, while there is no water as the department has been promising to deliver water tanks, leaving school to be shut down also.

“The school is in desperate need of proper sanitation”, statement said

The DA believes that learner’s background must not determine their future, however the learners are being severely hampered by the Department’s failure to provide adequate and quality infrastructure