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The plight of our public schools

30 August 2013, 12:48

The Education Department has been bombarded by cries from students who are desperately in need of learning rather than toyi-toying in the streets to voice out the grievances. The marginalization of Public schools is apparent compared to their counterparts; hence the difference is felt by everyone in the community. 

It is time that the parents with the students should unite with the school governing bodies, thus includes the teachers to find feasible solutions by addressing these matters in due course since we are at the verge of writing the final exam.

The students of Nathaniel Nyaluza High, one of the oldest schools in the township with great history behind it, last week had to resort in an “action plan” by marching into the Dep of Education offices to raise issues pertinent to their environment, something which at this point in our democracy is not supposed to be happening in this country.

Since the advent of our democracy in 1994, little or no change has been felt by children still attending schools in the Township and the surrounding Rural areas, and the circumstances seem to be deteriorating rather than getting better.

Grahamstown is surrounded by prestigious academic institutions and private boarding schools, and on the opposite east-side of the town, a sad atmosphere exist when you enter the public schools with no windows or doors; poor sanitation system; inadequate infrastructure and lack of security measures, and most of all is the maladministration by the Education System. The lack of coordination measures between the schools and Dep of Edu has led to disruption of classes due to continuous marches. The Dep has failed to deliver on its mandate and should rather appoint a private service provider that would promptly deliver the necessary Resources, and the Teachers should concentrate on the classroom instead of concentrating on the Administration of the schools. A private organization would be able to setup proper administration and management tools of applying the available resources adequately and efficiently in order to improve the quality of our education system and also to address the issue of poor infrastructure.

The body in liaison with the school governing bodies, including the teachers will determine eminent resources to be applied for each school.

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