KwaZulu-Natal- Schools are edging in the KwaZulu-Natal province, towards crisis as the provincial Department of Education has over supplied schools with sanitary pads, while it struggles with creation of new posts for teachers.
On Sunday, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), has revealed its concern over the manner in which the KwaZulu-Natal provincial Department of Education has poorly distributed sanitary pads to it schools within the province, as a result of oversupply and storing them in classrooms.
According to the department, thousands of schools are struggling with teenage girls who do not attend schools on regular basis due to no access to sanitary pads.
IFP MPL and the party’s spokesperson of Education, Xolani Ngwezi said the situation was serious as the provincial Department of Education, keeps flooding certain schools with excess supply.
“Note must be taken that this is the same department that cries poverty and who has no funds to fill critical teaching posts, provide textbooks or effect repairs to dilapidated school infrastructure in the province,” he said.
According to Ngwezi, the entire tender and supply chain process for the sanitary pad roll-out programme by the provincial Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal must be scrutinised and investigated.
The IFP maintains its view and calls for the immediate placing under administration of the provincial Department of Education by the National Department of Basic Education.