Parents shut down school due to dilapidated infrastructure in Soekmekaar

LOCAL NEWS

By Theodorah Waga Mawasha & Thabo Monyela

SOEKMEKAAR -Parents and community members of Makelle primary school learners, In Goudplaas village outside Sorkmekaar inGreater Letaba, shut down the school this morning citing that the institution is in a poor state and the infrastructure has deteriorated.

It is said that the classrooms have crawling insects, and leak when it’s raining and as such, operation cannot continue as normal.

A parent averred that the school has only mobile classrooms that accommodate all learners registered with the school from grades R to 7.

“We are tired of waiting for the government to come and fix this school. We have been patient with them for over a decade now. It’s time for us to act because our children deserve to be taught in decent environments like the rest of the other public schools ” Anonymous said.

“The classrooms are unconducive, and the flooring is finished “, said another parent.

Meanwhile, SGB member Radjadji Kobela vows that teaching and learning will not return until the department provides the school with new mobile classes. She further said they had to shut down the school because the dilapidated mobile classes would put the pupils’ lives in danger.

It is said that the project to build a new school at the site adjacent to the mobile school was abandoned by the contractor in June 2022, while still at the foundation level.

The SGB member said they have been engaging with Limpopo Education about the conditions of the mobile classes and the abandoned project, but the department has yet to intervene.

“We have been going to Limpopo Education Head office to report about this but no help has come forward. In December they came to school and promised that by February or March, the school construction would resume, but we don’t trust them because it has been promising us that with no deliverance “ SGB member said.

The department’s media liaison Mike Mariga, was yet to comment, in times of publication.

The school accommodates children from Goudplass and Soekmakker villages and had an enrolment of over 210 learners in the previous school year.

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